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BS: GOOD news

Mrrzy 16 Feb 24 - 04:07 PM
Mrrzy 21 Mar 24 - 12:11 PM
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Donuel 29 Mar 24 - 05:45 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Mrrzy
Date: 16 Feb 24 - 04:07 PM

Champions du continent!


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Mrrzy
Date: 21 Mar 24 - 12:11 PM

I did try to be a sensitive twerp...


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 21 Mar 24 - 07:54 PM

BBC World Service has a weekly Happy News.

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w13xtvrr/episodes/player


I'm usually half asleep when I hear it and have forgotten the details by the time I'm mudcatting. :(


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Mrrzy
Date: 25 Mar 24 - 03:28 PM

Well, my blood protein levels are steady, so whatever immune thing is going on, it isn't cancer, yet.


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Donuel
Date: 29 Mar 24 - 05:45 AM

Crypto criminal Bankman gets 25 years in jail.


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Mar 24 - 02:05 PM

Like Mrrzy said, we need a dead pet thread to shift this discussion. I'll see if I can get one set up.

Done and dusted. Moved to The Passing of Pets. ---mudelf


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 29 Mar 24 - 04:06 PM

I'll add this back in over here (original post on March 19):

In other news, there was good story on this side of the pond, if you're interested in political royalty: The Kennedy clan visited the White House on St. Patrick's Day and were greeted by Joe Biden. Joe Biden Hosts Kennedy Family (Minus RFK Jr.) for St. Patrick's Day

"From one proud Irish family to another — it was good to have you all back at the White House," wrote Biden of the gathering


Recognizable by the classic family overbite, if nothing else!


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Mar 24 - 04:54 PM

Notre Dame Cathedral is going to open soon.

Your link went to an ad (you have to be fast to get the story link before the ads start on YouTube) so the link now goes to the results of the search terms "Notre Dame Cathedral Opening" ---mudelf


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Mrrzy
Date: 01 Apr 24 - 10:57 AM

That is good news, Donuel.


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Neil D
Date: 08 Apr 24 - 11:11 PM

Nature was especially kind to us today in NE Ohio. It started overcast and rainy but shortly transitioned to blue skies and sunshine and the first 70 degree day of the year. A 70 degree day in April is nicest possible day: warm but low in humidity and the insects haven't appeared yet. This all made it perfect for sitting outside and watching one of the coolest things I've ever witnessed, a total eclipse of the sun. I've seen eclipses before but this time I was located squarely in the center of the somewhat narrow zone of totality . This was the first time I've looked into that glorious ring of fire during the peak of the event. The temperature dropped 10 to 20 degrees and the birds went silent, probably freaked out by the unexpected darkness. My son and daughter-in-law both said they were made nauseous by the eerie faux twilight that you only see during an eclipse. Has anyone heard of this phenomena? Nevertheless it was quite awesome, glorious really
Afterwards I came inside and watched the Guardians defeat the White Sox. The announcers showed video taped a couple hours earlier when the team had opened the stadium early so fans could come in and watch the eclipse while they played the "Dark Side of the Moon" album over the PA system throughout, proving again that Cleveland is a Rock and Roll town of high degree. It was probably a unifying experience but I much preferred seeing it out in the country with my wife, son, daughter-in-law and grandson.
After that I sat on my rocking chair on our west-facing front porch and watched the most amazing, beautiful sunset. All pink and blue pastels, what I call a candy floss sky, reddening deeper toward the end. The sunset experience was greatly enhanced by the serenade of the songs of a muriad variety of birds that visit our feeders. We live in a 108 years old farmhouse surrounded by a huge field. Last year it was a soy bean field and the year before corn. I hope they plant corn this year because when it gets tall we feel comletely secluded. You can no longer see the road at the end of our 400 foot long drive but you can hear the distant sound of cars driving by. I tell my grandson they are ghost cars. Today it.s covered in a type of purple clover that grows on these fields in early spring in the period after the thaw but before the soil is turned over by a steel plow and disced in preparation for planting. There is much to recommend about country living.


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Apr 24 - 11:20 AM

A teacher promised his 1978 class an eclipse party. He just hosted it.

For 16 years, Moriarty told his students that he would put an advertisement in their local newspaper, the Democrat and Chronicle, in 2024 with details about the gathering. His students didn’t think much of it.

“The things that you get asked at that age is, ‘Where do you see yourself in five years or 10 years?’” said Kevin Thompson, who took Moriarty’s class in 1982. “To think 40-plus years down the road was almost impossible to comprehend.”

In 1998, Moriarty became a principal of a junior high school in Fairport, N.Y. He never forgot about the plan for the 2024 eclipse, and neither did his students. When he ran into them at local restaurants and stores, he told them they were still going to meet.

And another source: The Guardian has links to other papers for more photos of the event. New York teacher fulfills promise first made to 1978 class and throws eclipse party
Patrick Moriarty brings together about 100 former students of his to watch solar eclipse from his driveway in Rochester


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 Apr 24 - 06:32 PM

Giant pumpkin paddler Adam quite possibly the first person to float in one down Tumut River (Australia) The biggest pumpkin grown in Australia this year has been given a second life as an intrepid commodore paddled it down river over the weekend.

Adam Farquharson spotted an opportunity for hijinks after his friend Mark Peacock grew a Royal Easter Show blue ribbon-awarded monster pumpkin.

The 407-kilogram gourd named Tormund, after Game of Thrones character Tormund Giantsbane, was the biggest pumpkin awarded in any show across the nation in 2024, according to Mr Peacock.

A former commodore of the Tumut Canoe Club, Mr Farquharson said he had attempted to grow giant pumpkins big enough to paddle in previous years but that turned out to be an "abject and hilarious failure".

"It grew to about the size of a softball, rotted off and died," he said.

Inspired by Popeye, he completed the one-mile trip in the hollowed-out "slimy" gourd christened Cinderella on Saturday, sporting a sailor hat and pipe. (check out the pictures!!)


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Apr 24 - 10:39 PM

Sandra, a friend of mine in Oregon says they have a regatta every year with pumpkins as canoes.


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Apr 24 - 08:36 PM

this one? wot fun!!


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From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Apr 24 - 05:45 AM

Young drovers keep century-old traditions alive on the week-long Eidsvold Cattle Drive Perched against each other in the long green grass, the young Scholl siblings take a quick break, just long enough to down an egg sandwich, a cool drink, and a few lollies.

Once they dust off their dirty jeans, big sister Josie helps youngest brother Bennett mount his horse, guiding his tiny legs into the stirrups.

That's the job of a big sister — to watch over the younger ones during this epic 70-kilometre land expedition.
Josie, 13, Koby, 9, and Bennett, 7, are the youngest riders in the biennial Eidsvold Cattle Drive in country Queensland.

"I liked coming on it. We get to chase the cattle," Koby beamed.

Their week-long journey tailed 450 head of cattle, crisscrossing the spectacular emerald countryside given new life from recent rain ...

... Boss drover Bruce Tye was impressed that the children were "surprisingly good" at keeping up with experienced drovers more than four times their age.

Averaging 10 to 15 kilometres a day, the journey is a "bucket list" trip for the motley crew.

"We have endurance riders, trail riders, pony clubbers, and people that just want to have a look at the country and get away from the traffic and madness of town," Mr Tye said.

"That's a lot of people having a lot of fun and all getting along."

...They're all buzzing knowing they've raised more than $150,000 for charities including LifeFlight and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The Eidsvold Cattle Drive Inc. is a not-for-profit, raising funds for the advancement of health.


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 22 Apr 24 - 03:46 AM

Our house is now fully digital with fibre to the hall and everything works again apart from the smart bulb outside the front door. Didn't have to much hassle resetting everything either :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 24 Apr 24 - 09:28 AM

My first play out with the Morris side tonight and it is at the local brewery. Doesn't get much better than that :-D


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Apr 24 - 02:45 AM

I thought it couldn't get any better but locally brewed Porter at £2 a pint did the trick :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Mrrzy
Date: 25 Apr 24 - 10:59 AM

Ooh ooh they have decided to just declare my poor kid Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity, without going through the trial! Woot! He goes to a hospital now! With no violent felony on his record!


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 25 Apr 24 - 12:01 PM

Excellent news, Mrrzy! Is the hospital setup and his response to it what you hoped for? If he's on his meds will you be able to see him?

DtG, is your community running fibre optic cable or is this something you simply did on your own in your home, tapping into whatever the Internet provider is at the edge of the property?

We have access to fibre optic here, but the provider is AT&T and their customer service and operations are so horrible I haven't made the switch. I've stayed with another sucky company that isn't quite as bad and get high-speed Internet over cable. This one costs more, that's how much I dislike AT&T.

My good news is that I paid off the SUV earlier this month. I would like at some point to trade in for a hybrid vehicle, but I'll wait a while and enjoy this time with one less monthly payment.


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 25 Apr 24 - 06:37 PM

Openreach, who are the arm of British Telecom that run lines from the telecoms backbone to individual buildings, ran the fibre in. Vodafone provided the router and run my service. It is the government's aim to remove all analogue services by next year so we took advantage of a good introductory deal.


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: keberoxu
Date: 25 Apr 24 - 06:49 PM

Mrrzy, that is indeed good news, and what a relief for you.
Here's hoping your son's needs are met, and well met.


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Subject: RE: BS: GOOD news
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 18 May 24 - 08:06 PM

further to my post of 15 Apr 24 - 06:32 PM

Tumut's Adam Farquharson rides wave of 'silver influencer' viral fame in his pumpkin canoe

Adam Farquharson just wanted to ride his giant pumpkin down the river for a laugh, but accidentally went viral, becoming the next in a wave of "silver influencers".

From Sydney to New York, and across Europe, Mr Farquharson's trip down the Tumut River last month in a 407-kilogram squash he christened Cinderella caught the attention of a good-news starved world.

He was interviewed a dozen times on radio and TV in Australia and New Zealand and racked up millions of views on social media in a self-described "mind-blowing" two-weeks of fame.

Dubbed Popeye the Pumpkin Man by his neighbours, Mr Farquharson said his fame peaked when he featured on late night TV in the United States when The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tried to make sense of it all in the days after the river ride.

"I have officially found the coolest guy in Australia," Colbert said.

"Sorry, The Wiggles."

Seeing himself on American television was a surreal moment for the pumpkin Commodore.

"It's a bizarre experience … that was quite unexpected. I think sitting there laughing at yourself on that show was weird, but in a really cool way," he said.

News organisations across Europe also wrote articles recounting his escapades.

One academic says Mr Farquharson is part of a cohort of older people breaking Gen Z's stranglehold on the internet and going viral, like Albany's Granny Grommets or the Charlie's Angels rescuing the dogs of Devonport (read on)

Silver Influencers rock!!


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