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It’s harmless to say it hasn’t been the happiest handful of weeks in Australia.
Just in circumstance you’ve been residing in a Crood-like cave, much more than 60% of the inhabitants is now in lockdown, Covid-19 case quantities are continue to increasing and there is a important humanitarian crisis unfolding in Afghanistan.
It is uncomplicated to get bogged down in the bad news, but below at Guardian Australia, we have made a decision to take a minute to share 5 items that have been bringing us pleasure this 7 days.
It may not correct the pandemic or ideal the wrongs of warfare, but ideally it will provide some a great deal needed laughter on a definitely gloomy day.
Millions across the planet have, this 7 days, grow to be obsessed with genuinely the troubling and hilarious costume creations of Rhylee Passfield, or @rhyleep95 as she is identified on the web.
The Queensland makeup artist located herself at a loose conclusion when Brisbane went into lockdown a couple months back again, so commenced crafting cartoon character cosplays out of the products she experienced lying around in her house.
“At the begin, it was just because I was so bored … I bought a fairly massive response from folks [who were] like, ‘you should really submit this on TikTok’ and it just commenced from there,” she claimed.
The costumes are funny plenty of, but the matter that people have genuinely connected with is Passfield’s absolute lack of ability to acquire herself very seriously as she would make them, continuously breaking down into bouts of hysterical laughter just about every time she catches a glimpse of herself on digicam. Oh, and then she pole dances in costume.
In the earlier 20 days, she has amassed 700,000 followers. Her prime-carrying out video clip, a Harry Potter Dobby home-elf costume, has been viewed more than 15m instances.
“It’s really, like, so attractive,” Passfield reported. “I’ve had so a lot of persons that are declaring that I have served them for the duration of lockdown, or like they’ve been in a seriously poor place, and then they observe my films, and it is cheered them up. That just warms my coronary heart.”
Salvatore the seal
Melbourne is not just identified for its wildlife (until you like myna birds) but in latest months a welcoming seal named Salvatore has won the hearts of metropolis slickers after he resolved to acquire up home in the Birrarung/Yarra river.
Salvatore seems to be healthful and information in his interior-town abode, often spotted frolicking and ripping fish to shreds in Abbotsford, generating occasional excursions additional into the metropolis – viewing Toorak and even Richmond residents.
For reference, Richmond is just 1 prepare station away from the CBD right, which means at those occasions Salvatore is possibly nearer to the seals in the Melbourne zoo than his family in the ocean.
Salvatore’s tale was initially documented in the Age, but folks have been so taken with the animal that an Instagram account, @seally_friend, has been started off in his honour, with people today publishing photographs and videos of their possess sightings.
With the entire point out in lockdown, only a lucky couple of have the opportunity to see Salvatore in just their 5km bubble, but nevertheless, information tales, social media posts and on-line stardom have built Salvatore’s fantastic temper rather contagious.
On Tuesday the primary minister, Scott Morrison, turned some heads when he likened Australia’s impending journey to open up up to a Covid-ordinary world to the 2013 DreamWorks animated film The Croods.
“Now it is like that motion picture The Croods,” he reported, no question surprising the hosts of the Now Present.
“Some preferred to continue to be in the cave and the young woman needed to offer with the difficulties of residing in a different environment … Covid is a distinct earth. We have to have to get out there and are living with it, we just can’t remain in the cave.”
No prizes for guessing what the Morrisons picked for film night time this 7 days.
Now, this genuinely weird political minute brought its have wave of pleasure, in the type of Twitter memes, but actually observing The Croods is also a good notion. If you can handle to press the “some men and women are heading to die from Covid-19 and we just have to deal with it” metaphor out of your brain, it is actually a genuinely great movie. Much better nevertheless, in Australia, it is on Stan and Binge.
If you’re a movie connoisseur, but animated kids movies are not your issue, this upcoming pleasure-inducing recommendation is for you.
Lockdown Cinema is has grow to be to some degree of a cult online series (in that not also quite a few folks know it exists, but all those who do will not cease talking about it), in which Melbourne actors Christopher Downs and Rachel Rai recreate iconic film scenes, often shot for shot, from their respective residences.
They have so much tackled The Audio of Songs, Grease, Strictly Ballroom and even Psycho, bringing the classics to lifetime with wigs created from unravelled pot scourers, hand-painted regulate panels and al foil eyeglasses.
“The total thing started off, simply just simply because Rachel was likely on at size about how substantially she loved [the film] Seashores,” claimed Downs.
“Somehow, ‘I could recite it front to back’ became, ‘let’s recreate their big battle scene, I’ll be CC, you be Hillary, will you do this with me?’ And of training course I said indeed mainly because I experienced almost nothing else likely on.”
Lockdown Cinema’s foreseeable future productions may well be hush-hush, but Guardian Australia can solely expose that enthusiasts of Mrs Doubtfire and My Most effective Friend’s Wedding day won’t be dissatisfied.
Gardening Australia remix
This very last suggestion is rather new to the scene, but nonetheless is managing to promptly earn the hearts of Australians (or at minimum this Guardian Australia reporter).
Regional movie-maker Alex Lowes came to the summary that, when ABC’s Gardening Australia is a really excellent display, its topic song is holding it again from reaching the young generations.
His resolution: a new “trap hip-hop” remix to kick off each and every episode.
“So you want a dope back again yard?” he queries by means of the medium of rap.
“You want to be the envy of your neighbours? Really do not be dumb, just use your environmentally friendly thumb, and go on iview to Gardening Australia.”
Now this track is presently superb and unusual but gets to be even weirder when you realise this is truly Lowe’s entry for the “ABC iviewer” levels of competition, in which men and women post iview-themed video clips in the hope of winning a 3-thirty day period paid out contract to make social media information for the general public broadcaster. Nicely, best of luck!