Dolphins and swans are returning to the Venice canals.

Residents of Venice have reported spotting dolphins, swans and fish in the now clear canal waters.

Canals have been closed as the city has gone into lockdown with Italy becoming Europe’s COVID-19 epicentre. 

But, in the lockdown, Venetians have been posting photos and videos of animals reclaiming the city’s canals, usually muddied by passing boat traffic. 

Venice hasn’t seen clear canal water in a very long time. However, the water is not any more cleaner. It is just the usual traffic of boats has not been able to stir up the sediment from the sea floor.

VENICE KEY FACTS

  • Venice is divided into six areas.
  • There are 118 islands, 417 bridges, 177 canals and 127 squares in Venice.
  • Of the 417 bridges, 72 of them are privately owned.
  • The S-shaped Grand Canal is the most famous canal in Venice, and it divides the city in two.
  • Of the 127 squares, Piazza San Marco, often known in English as St. Mark’s Square, is the most popular.
  • There are over 450 royal residences (palazzi) in Venice. The structures are built in a variety of styles: Byzantine, Baroque, Gothic and more.
  • Venice is sinking at a rate of 1-2 millimeters a year. Another challenge is the Acqua alta, a particularly high tide. It occurs in special conditions when warm winds and the moon cause a 9cm rise in water level and most of the town is flooded.
  • Taking a trip to Venice and not riding a Gondola is like going to France and not seeing the Eiffel tower. These traditional and symbolic boats have been used as transport around the narrow Venetian waterways for more than 10 centuries.
  • There are only 350 gondolas and 400 gondoliers in Venice. A gondola is typically 11 meters long and can weigh up to 600 kg.
  • According to Venetian tradition, when riding a gondola, a couple that kisses under each bridge will remain in love forever.

How much toilet paper is a question lots of people seem to be asking.

Firstly, you don’t need to worry about this. We have heaps of toilet paper in our country. You will not go without.

However, that hasn’t stopped some people worrying and reports of people paying lots of money for a roll is all around the internet.

However, one website is certainly making the most of this situation.

The How much toilet paper” website has gone viral around the world as people see how much they need.

If you go onto the site you will see there are plenty of variables in play. I tried it with my family and the dicussion we had was hilarious. If you have a spare few minutes, get the family around the table and try and fill it out. It is a little fun.

If you are really serious make sure you click the ‘advance option’ tab. This opens up a new line of thinking and conversation.

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E-sports have been officially recognised as a national sports organisation in New Zealand.

E-sports is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. It is played by millions of people globally.

Esports, the simple abbreviation for ‘electronic sports’, is defined as a form of sports where the primary aspects of the sport are facilitated by the competitive playing of video games.

E-sports in New Zealand is looked after by the New Zealand E-Sport Federation.

It is estimated that there are around one million esports gamers in New Zealand. Therefore, this is an area of sport that could grow very quickly.

There is almost no sport to watch at the moment. Anyone who loves football, cricket, tennis, hockey, and more, have nothing to watch for at least another 3 months. Though there is some sport still going on, and if you love watching the NRL, or A-League football, you are in luck.

The Warriors have decided to stay in Australia to play the season out, although they said that if circumstances change they may have to come back to NZ. A-League football is also going ahead, but the Phoenix have had their next game postponed as they have to isolate themselves for 14 days, the new rule when entering NZ. Their next game is on the 4th of April against Adelaide United, being played in Wellington.

Coronavirus has also had a big effect on money in sports, and many football clubs have lost millions of dollars, and some even, like Manchester United, have lost close to a billion.

For all sport-lovers, it is going to be a boring next few months.