We live in unusual times. It all gets a bit heavy some days. So we bring you a much-needed dose of positivity to remind you that there is also inspiration, kindness and eccentricity.

A beautiful house for a beautiful fire truck

A 70-year-old fire truck found and purchased by a South Canterbury fire brigade in 2018 will soon have its own special home.

Pleasant Point Volunteer Fire Department member Barney Smith said the 8 by 5 meter building under construction off Main Rd (State Highway 8) via Pleasant Point will house the fire truck and a V8 trailer pump that was built for use in World War II.

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The 1952 Ford V8 that was originally the Pleasant Point Brigade fire truck from 1955 to 1976.

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The 1952 Ford V8 that was originally the Pleasant Point Brigade fire truck from 1955 to 1976.

“That’s for the audience to see,” Smith said.

“It would be a shame to keep him locked up in a shed. It’s an asset to Pleasant Point, and it will bring people to Pleasant Point. We thought it would go well with the train museum (nearby).

Smith said volunteers found the fire engine a few years ago in Cambridge, near Hamilton, and managed to raise money to buy it.

“We also held a public fundraiser last year at City Hall, and we raised quite a bit of money thanks to generous people in the neighborhood.

The 1952 Ford V8 had been used by the Pleasant Point Brigade from 1955 until 1976, when it was replaced by a newer vehicle.

Punxsutawney Phil gives his prediction

Groundhog Club handler AJ Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather groundhog, during the 136th Groundhog Day celebration.

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Groundhog Club handler AJ Dereume holds Punxsutawney Phil, the weather groundhog, during the 136th Groundhog Day celebration.

Punxsutawney Phil, the star of Pennsylvania’s annual Groundhog Day celebrations, saw his shadow on the ground predicting six more weeks of winter in the United States.

According to folklore, it would be an early spring if he decides to hold his head high. Phil predicted winter more than 100 times, according to records dating back to 1887.

However, one of Phil’s competitors, Chuck, who is said to have a history of accurate predictions dating back to 1981, disagrees.

He predicted an early spring, according to Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon, who led a ceremony broadcast live from Chuck’s home at the Staten Island Zoo in New York.

The incredible dollhouses of the artist in miniature

Bridget McCarty, an artist from California, USA, creates amazing miniature movie sets featuring iconic scenes from movies and TV shows like Harry Potter and Jurassic Park.

What started as just a hobby for her has now become a full time job with people lining up to buy her amazing work, Good News Network reported.

McCarty said she was inspired by her grandmother who collected and stored miniature items whenever she traveled.

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Dozens of penguins to cheer people up

A local artist has painted dozens of penguins in a city park in the United States.

The artist – who did not want his name used – said NBC Connecticut that he wanted to lift people’s spirits during difficult times.

The school janitor has the surprise of his life

Leo Magalang, beloved caretaker at Charles Reed Elementary in suburban Chicago, received a warm welcome from students and teachers at the school, just a day after being sworn in as a new US citizen, according to a talk show Today reports.