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It’s About Bloody Time: Period Products Are Free In Scotland

Scotland has become the first nation in the world to ensure period products are obtainable free of charge.

Introduced by Member of Scottish Parliament Monica Lennon on 23 April, the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill has now passed.

In other words, IT’S OFFICIAL.

The Bill, as passed, means that local authorities, education providers and specified public service bodies must ensure that period products are able to be accessed free of charge by all persons who need to use them.

Period Poverty occurs when people who need period products are unable to afford them.

The Scottish Parliament says Monica Lennon, ‘sees these products as a basic necessity, and believes that providing access to them is important for people’s dignity.’

The universal scheme will operate on an ‘opt-in’ basis.

This means that anyone in Scotland who requests the products to access them, completely free, ‘regardless of age, gender or income.’

The Policy Memorandum states, ‘By operating on such a basis the Bill will also ensure that those with no fixed address or homeless people will also have access to the period products they need.

‘There will be no means-testing or referral system in place.

‘Giving access to all will mean that women, girls and trans people are not financially penalised for menstruating.

‘It will help to tackle period poverty whilst minimising any perceived stigma which may be associated with being given free products.’

As Monica Lennon says on her twitter account, ‘what a journey’ and, more aptly,

‘…it’s ‘about BLOODY time.’

Find out more here.

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There Are Tiny Mouse Houses Hidden In Sweden

There are little letterboxes on tiny houses next door to miniature barbers and pharmacies hidden within the streets of Sweden and beyond.

The Malmö-based street art collective called Anonymouse MMX are known for their tiny creations around the world, fit for mice.

The intricacies and details in each piece beg your attention.

Inside tiny rooms are tiny lights that glow at night. There are Christmas trees and book shops, jazz clubs and patisseries.

These pop up creations are located in seen and unseen places and bring a touch of magic to the modern world. All you have to do is find them.

Have a look for yourself:

According to their instagram, they also love a good, cheesy pun.

You can see albums from Taylor Swiss, Briehanna and Feta James popping up in their tiny record store.

Check out this cuteness for yourself on their instagram page here.

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Meet Pistachio: The Green Pup From Sardinia

If there’s one thing 2020 needed, it was a pastel green puppy called Pistachio.

On 9 October 2020, a litter of five was born to Christian Mallocci’s working dogs in the costal town, Sardinia.

All was well except for the fact that one of the puppies appeared to have green fur.

There was therefore no doubt that the Italian farmer would call his obscure pup ‘Pistachio.’

In pictures posted via REUTERS, you can see the pastel green puppy in all of his glory.

Picture taken October 9, 2020. Cristian Mallocci/Handout via REUTERS

It’s thought that the green colour is caused by the bile pigment known as biliverdin.

When lighter coloured puppies come into contact with the green pigment in their mother’s womb, their fur can stain with this sensational colour.

Picture taken October 9, 2020. Cristian Mallocci/Handout via REUTERS

Sadly, it won’t last forever. The green colour is known to fade over time.

So I guess that means we need to stare at and snap all of the cute photos that we can manage in the meantime.

(And now we feel like having a pistachio flavoured gelato in Sardinia. Sorry in advance if now you do too).

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