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From a Spice Girls throwback to an Indiana Jones reunion: This week’s good news to bring a smile to your face

Good News: The new Spice Girls vid and Ke Huy Quan with Harrison Ford at the Oscars  (YouTube / Getty Images)
Good News: The new Spice Girls vid and Ke Huy Quan with Harrison Ford at the Oscars (YouTube / Getty Images)

It’s that time of week again, folks! After a week of strike action and Budget announcements, we have earned our chance to peruse the stories from this week that’ll give you a little nudge of optimism to see you through the weekend.

Indiana and Short Round are reunited

I’m not crying, there’s just an ancient stone in my eye.

The world got to witness a full-circle moment for Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom stars Harrison Ford and Ke Huy Quan, who embraced on the Oscars stage after Everything Everywhere All At Once won the award for Best Picture.

Quan starred in the iconic film with Ford when he was just 12 years old, playing a karate expert called Short Round.

Despite stepping down as an actor for two decades because of the lack of roles for Asian actors, Quan is back with a bang after winning Best Supporting Actor — the first person from an Asian background to take the title.

Take a look at more groundbreaking firsts at this year’s Oscars

London wins most scenic city for Spring

It seems as though London has been named the most scenic city in the world for spring time – beating the likes of Paris and Sydney.

It’s an obvious choice, really. Just picture it now: the rows upon rows of identical grey streets to explore, the posse of aggressive pigeons to accompany you on your morning commute, and that tangy smell on the Tube you can’t quite place. It’s a beauty that clearly can’t be matched.

Greenwich Park is blossoming (Victoria Jones / PA Wire)
Greenwich Park is blossoming (Victoria Jones / PA Wire)

Well, in spite of all that obvious charm that London has, it’s actually the capital’s blossom that has nabbed the title, which can be spotted in its many green spaces, such as Regents Park and St James’ Park.

The city secured the top spot for a picture-perfect spring after the hashtag #SpringinLondon was used 100,832 times on Instagram by Brits and tourists alike.

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Stop right now, thank you very much

For all the Spice Girls fans out there (for those of you who aren’t, my heart hurts for you,) I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to hear that the iconic girl group have released an alternative music video for their hit single, Stop.

‘Complete chaos’, said mel B, of the new video (YouTube)
‘Complete chaos’, said mel B, of the new video (YouTube)

The video is to mark the 25th anniversary of the song’s release, and features the five-piece — Mel C, Victoria Beckham, Geri Horner, Mel B, and Emma Bunton — stood in the middle of a street filled with playing children as they belt out the 90s track.

Speaking about the concept for the video, Mel B said: “It wasn’t planned down to the last detail and was quite a free-for-all. It’s like everything we do — complete chaos!”

Click here to read more about the newly released video

London council first in country to offer free school meals up to 16

Tower Hamlets has become the first council in the country to offer free school meals to all secondary school pupils up to the age of 16, regardless of what their parents earn.

Tower Hamlets is leading the way (Ben Birchall / PA)
Tower Hamlets is leading the way (Ben Birchall / PA)

This comes after the Evening Standard’s School Hunger special investigation, and after Mayor Sadiq Khan announced all London primary schoolchildren will be given free lunched from September for one year.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman has said “A high-quality universal offer improves health and educational outcomes, while reducing inequalities and saving families money.”

Read more about the announcment here