From the comfort of our beds, global lockdown has united us with epic viral television shows; Normal People being one such example.
We wept and ogled as two broken people found one another and fell in love.
Another show that made us do this (before lockdown, no less) was the phenomenal Fleabag. Specifically Season 2 (AKA the series with the hot priest).
RTÉ Does Comic Reliefhas raised money in support of The Community Foundation for Ireland to help those most in need as a result of Covid 19.
And in doing so, they have created the perfect television crossover.
Normal People star Connell Waldron (played by Paul Mescal) is seen in a confessional, admitting his troubles with the concept of love to Fleabag’s Priest.
With a priest that uncomfortably and unusually relates to these woes as well as appearances from Normal People’s Marianne Sheridan (played by Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell’s infamous silver chain, the short film is simply gold (or silver, like the chain).
Connell’s silver chain reached peak fame when an instagram account was created in its honour, amassing 185K followers.
Who would have thought that this television cross-over is exactly what the world needed to see right now?
Protests have rocked the streets of cities across the US and beyond, urging for immediate action on systemic racism.
In Australia, we have rightly turned our attention to our treatment of Aboriginal peoples, especially with regard to the high rates of suicide, appalling health disparates and unwavering deaths in custody.
Social media has erupted, urging everyone to research and educate themselves on issues which disproportionately affect those with black skin.
Elevating black voices and experiences and supporting businesses run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders is just one of the ways we can do this.
Here is a list of 7 exciting and rapidly evolving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses that you could support if you live in Australia (and even if you don’t).
Something Wild is an Indigenous-owned supplier of native food including open range game meats and native greens and fruits.
Some of their offerings include green ants, magpie goose, kangaroo, open range boar, goat, crocodile, wild and farmed venison, game birds, emu, camel and other exotic game meats.
And it’s not just the fancy restaurants that Something Wild supplies to (including Noma Australia, Vue de Monde, Orana and Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck); they say that anyone is able to use these meats in their cooking.
There are recipes on their website which may inspire you to consider adding these traditional meats to your repertoire.
Something Wild also have their very own Green Ant Gin. A must try, no doubt!
They are located at Adelaide Central Market 44-60 Gouger Street, Adelaide.
As well as being a contemporary Aboriginal Artist, Gavin Wanganeen is also a former AFL legend. As a descendant of the Kokatha Mula people of the Western Desert, Wanganeen’s art tells the stories of his ancestors. And it is simply beautiful.
Using modern, pastel colouring with flecks of metallic, Wanganeen’s art is captivating as both storytelling and home interior pieces.
This is a proudly 100% Indigenous Australian owned company run and owned by a Gooreng Gooreng heritage family. They have a variety of coffee blends; their premium blend is a medium roast with sweet aromas of roasted hazelnuts and rich caramel, accompanied by flavours of delicious nuts and butterscotch.
The company also has tea, hot chocolate and chai available.