Because I’m not in a mood for bad news…

* A lovely piece in the Independent about Beatrice de Cardi – “an expert on the pre-Islamic history of the Lower Arabian Gulf states and the civilisations of her beloved Baluchistan”, who just happens to be aged 93. Strongminded hardly covers it.

* It has a typically snarky Times headline – but this piece reports on some young people who’ve taken ecological concerns to heart. “A recent survey by the Future Foundation found that 20 per cent of the teenagers questioned saw themselves as ‘hardcore greens’.”

* And well this is a small advance – but any advance for Saudi women has to be welcomed – a mechanism is to be established to allow Saudi women to marry without their father’s approval.

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