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Dog saves sleeping owners from carbon monoxide poisoning

The saying “dogs are man’s best friend” never becomes less true.

When Brad Harbert of Iowa went to bed on the night of December 13th, he didn’t expect his faithful Roxy to be jumping on top of him mere hours later.

It turns out that even though Brad hadn’t heard the faint beeps of his carbon monoxide detector, Roxy had – and was keen to warn Brad and the rest of his family.

Luckily, Brad and Roxy were able to help the rest of the family spring into action and call the fire department before any harm was caused.

Officials with Brad’s energy company confirmed that the odorless carbon monoxide was leaking out of the family’s electric and gas fireplace.

According to the NHS, each year there are around 60 deaths from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in England and Wales.

Now might be a good time to check your detector – or at least look into getting your very own Roxy 🐶

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Window washers dressed as superheroes appear for child cancer patients

They say not all superheroes wear capes…

In fact, these window washers from Houston, Texas, barely needed to put on a costume, as their heroic acts were sure to have put a smile on some young faces.

Earlier this month, pediatric cancer patients were treated to a surprise at Anderson’s Children’s Cancer Hospital. Instead of the usual faces on the other side of the suds, they woke up one morning to a pair of special visitors.

The window washers instead dressed up as Spider-Man and Iron Man, giving the children a boost in time for Christmas.

On the same day, the children also received a visit from Santa, an elf, and one of his trusty reindeer.

I’m not sure if a visit from Spider-Man was on their Christmas list, but the window washers certainly went above and beyond to give the kids a heroic visit.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find a tissue… 😭

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Mapping the fictional world: One man’s lockdown project

Was yours baking? Maybe knitting? Did you take up running or even surfskating to stave off the lockdown boredom?

One man’s lockdown project potentially puts all the others to shame. Rhys B Davies, from Aberystwyth, used his time during COVID to complete an atlas of fictional places – marking everywhere from Gotham City to Hogwarts on a map of the fictional world.

Using a mix of locations from film, TV, books and games, Rhys managed to construct a map of the entire world using made-up place names.

Some, he says, were easy, such as the fictional village from Dibley from the Vicar of Dibley. Others, however, required a bit more guesswork. Rhys used clues from the Harry Potter books, filming locations, and even the stage play for hints as to where to locate the elusive Hogwarts within the Scottish Grampians.

Using some stunning artwork courtesy from his friend Matt Brown, Rhys’ book is now completed, showing in-depth maps of the continents across the world and descriptive information on the places themselves.

Part coffee-table book and part cheat sheet for a pub quiz, Rhys’ lockdown project is sure to go down a storm.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to find the way to Springfield… 🥾

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Tweet reconnects family with Bristol nurses who saved girl’s life

We’re often told that social media is making us more divisive, more prone to outrage, more unhappy. It’s easy to forget that through the thickets of arguments an annoyances, social media is ultimately a tool for people to connect with each other. And sometimes, a story comes through that shows the best qualities of social media in all their glory.

Martin Dorey dropped his daughter Maggie off at University for the first time in September – an emotional moment for any parent. However, Maggie’s arrival to her halls in Bristol was especially poignant, as the window overlooked a children’s hospital where she had spent 6 months from birth fighting through leukemia.

After tweeting a picture of Maggie’s arrival, Martin saw a deluge of emotional responses – including one from Charlotte Higby, a nurse who saved Maggie after she went into anaphylactic shock due to her chemotherapy treatment all those years ago.

The touching conversation became even more emotional when Martin revealed that he named his second daughter, Charlotte, after the very same nurse.

I’m not crying, you are…

Though the initial replies to the conversation have been hidden to preserve nurse Charlotte’s privacy, you can read the full story here.

Since the tweet’s popularity, Martin has asked those interested to donate to various charities that aid children with cancer. If you’re interested, you can do so here.

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17 year-old blind athlete and TikTok star takes Paralympic swimming gold

Sometimes your hobbies can take you far further than you might expect them to.

Anastasia Pagonis is a prime example of how commitment to a leisure activity can take you to incredible new heights, even while overcoming adversity. Though her eyesight started to diminish around age 11, Pagonis continued with her passion of swimming.

At first, she struggled to maintain her usual form, sometimes “struggling to make it across the pool without bumping into a lane”. However, Pagonis maintained a consistent schedule, and by connecting with her coach, Marc Danin, she was able to overcome not only her own hardship, but her competitors.

In fact, Pagonis recently made history at the Paralympics by setting a new world record in the S11 400-meter freestyle at 4 minutes and 54.49 seconds, a full 10 seconds ahead of the second-fastest swimmer.

Equally impressive is the other side of Anastasia’s fame. Before attending the 2021 Paralympics, she was already well known to millions as a TikTok star, answering often mundane questions around her physical disability.

While you may not fancy yourself as a TikTok celebrity, there’s a lot to be said for following your passions through – you never know where they might lead you!

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10 year-old diagnosed with rare eye disease that left him blind is now training for England

Mikey Poulli has been a football fan for as long as he can remember. He cheered for Arsenal from the stands played for his local club from the age of 5, with dreams of becoming a professional footballer.

This all turned upside down for Mikey after a routine eye test at age 6 revealed he had ‘Rod Cone Dystrophy’, a very rare, incurable eye disease that in most cases eventually leads to blindness.

By the end of the next season, Mikey’s vision had deteriorated to the extent that he was officially legally blind.

But despite the devastation for Mikey and his family, he was not deterred. Mikey attended sessions for Visually Impaired Football, where the specialist coaches immediately recognised his talent.

Mikey now trains with England, and videos of his incredible talent have gone viral online. His achievements are proof that adversity in any form can be overcome!

We’re looking forward to the day we can see Mikey help it coming home… ⚽