The Daily Good News

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GuySmiley started the topic in Friday, 2 Nov 2018 at 2:04pm

Dedicated to good news ....

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Island Bay commented Thursday, 18 Jul 2019 at 7:09pm

Jeez, that sounds pretty wonderful, Stu.

Really got the thinking hat on myself (and Ms Island Bay) these days, re places to live. Good weather, warmer water, quality waves, etc etc.

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factotum commented Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019 at 4:06pm

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stunet commented Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 at 11:06am

If that's something you scored recently Facto, then happy days indeed.

Been some great news around our house with the downfall of skinflint celebrity chef George Calombaris. Before my wife and I hooked up she was dating the chubby pie eater, meaning every single time I serve up my thrice-weekly bean burritos I'm forced to endure dramatic eye rolls and a sermon about how her life could've turned out so much differently. You better believe I took great joy forcing her to sit through Georgie's PR-scripted mea culpa with Leigh Sales, all the while comparing my generosity, how I give loose coin to buskers, wave when merging in traffic etc, while ol' pudding face squirmed away on screen.

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Blowin commented Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 at 2:39pm

Holy shit , you’ve been given the gift that Keeps on giving. Time to put your feet up on the coffee table and start barking orders.

You’re a golden god compared to that melon headed little spiv. Don’t ever let the “ what could’ve been “ go forgotten.

His face tattooed on your chest wouldn’t be an ineffective or inappropriate psychological tool.

With a little good luck on your side you could be eating bean burritos 24/7.

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goofyfoot commented Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 at 12:44pm

Yes Chef

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AndyM commented Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 at 1:31pm

Haha, classic Stu.
What a disgusting little worm that fella is, your missus certainly dodged a bullet.

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stunet commented Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 at 2:05pm

Keep 'em coming fellas. I'm gonna show them to my wife and then do a bulk buy of El Paso.

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Laurie McGinness commented Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 at 2:15pm

Nah mate, a word from the wise .......... put it in the bank against future transgressions.

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Westofthelake commented Thursday, 1 Aug 2019 at 6:37pm

It might be time to apply penalty rates if she wants to continue eating your bean burritos....

My wife reckons she dated Luke Egan.... I still don't believe her.

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 3 Aug 2019 at 12:55am

Byron bodysurfin' Whale hits the sweet spot. (Perfectomundo)
https://content.api.news/v3/images/bin/93d0ff905ab1654ee1e4478c23f85b00?...
Scroll down a few frames for take-off & more photos...
https://gramha.net/explore-hashtag/destinationbyron

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I focus commented Thursday, 8 Aug 2019 at 11:08pm

Went to optometrist seeing floaters and black horizon.

Detached retina surgery that arvo (age related 1 in 10,000 odds)

This 11 weeks ago vitreous fluid sucked out, then laser, then gas bubble installed to push retina back into place (fully conscious but I was OK the anaesthetist, she held my hand) then life seen (not) through a bubble.

No psychical activity no driving nothing, nada, ficken torture.

My good news yesterday bubble finally went absorbed as vitreous fluid returns, today 1st surf still blind in the eye and I totally sucked but man it was good.

A result from the gas bubble is a cataract will require surgery within 6 months and then I find out where the sight ends up all good.

The technology is amazing, we really are lucky to live in this age.

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Blowin commented Sunday, 11 Aug 2019 at 9:23pm

Not a new photo , just a bit of surf porn.

I love this shit. That’s a freshly waxed , virgin surfboard at the start of a great day’s waves. Turned out to be one of the best boards I’ve ever ridden.

Now that’s some good times.

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GuySmiley commented Sunday, 11 Aug 2019 at 10:44pm

That’s real nice Blowin

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stunet commented Monday, 12 Aug 2019 at 9:22am

Off the rack? Model? Custom?

Giz some backstory....

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Blowin commented Monday, 12 Aug 2019 at 10:21am

You’ve already heard it.

Custom version of a stock model with slight dimensional adjustment and heavier glass.

Sadly , these days it’s a bruised , battered and broken remnant of its previous glory . Multiple incursions onto exposed reef and being subject to the destructive power of a vicious Dirk Hartog Island mini tornado will do that to even the most responsive super stick.

Still mentally debating whether to get it recreated or strike out into uncharted territory .

I miss it , but still see room for incremental improvement.

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AndyM commented Monday, 12 Aug 2019 at 3:29pm

Seeing as this is a good news thread, I'll tell you what I think is good news.

Last week on a couple of slow surf days a mate and I took kayaks and camping gear and headed up into the bush south west of Grafton for a leisurely 22km paddle down the Nymboida River.
Even though the water level was low, the paddle was magic, just drifting down the river in the middle of nowhere, with a couple of little rapids to keep things interesting.

But the real bonus was the freedom - free camping, no permits required for the 4WDing or the paddling, no one to police you or give you a hard time.

The Most Over-Regulated Country In The World still has its moments.

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Blowin commented Monday, 12 Aug 2019 at 5:45pm

The good news is that Brian knows where his gaoler lives and one fine day he won’t just escape , he’ll escape and end that bastard.

https://youtu.be/c36UNSoJenI

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simba commented Monday, 12 Aug 2019 at 6:25pm

smarter than the average human....

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goofyfoot commented Monday, 12 Aug 2019 at 7:05pm

Ha ha blowin that was gold. Stottle is a sneaky little guy

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Abmay commented Monday, 12 Aug 2019 at 8:05pm

AndyM that's magic. I'm on the coast in that neck of woods and am hankering for a camping trip down the river. The freedom and peace is sensational. It'll have to wait a little though as we are off to Queenstown tomorrow.

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AndyM commented Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019 at 1:18pm

Yeah, eight sections on that kayak trail, would be nice to complete all of them, hopefully with a bit more water than this last time.
You've done a few of them?

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chook commented Wednesday, 14 Aug 2019 at 1:31pm

found an o'neil psycho 2 steamer in very good condition for $25 at the local op-shop. woo-hoo!

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019 at 10:24am

Breaking Good News Week from Pell...Court rules there is a God?

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udo commented Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019 at 11:32am

Andrew Bolt still doubting Pells victims !

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019 at 8:05pm

Oz Newspaper Mastheads [ Pell stripped of 'Order of Australia' ]
GG: OAM may be terminated if convicted of crime or offence.(Precisely Pell's case)

NEWS: Losing 'this appeal' PM had promised to write to GG to revoke Pell's OAM.
PM:(Today) "My understanding is that this (appeal loss) would result in the striping of the honours that are decided externally to the government"
"That is a process that is done independently,and that course will now follow."

GG (PM captain's call in off season!)
"I will wait until 'All legal proceedings' have run their course.
Note: Pell has the largest most expensive enduring legal teams on earth.
There's no end to 'legal proceedings' even when free of prison, Pell will likely sue!

Thus Holy GG rescues Holy PM by reneging on promise to sacrifice the Holy cow.
Religion was never on trial & must remain innocent thru eyes of highest authority.

Q: Did 'ALL' the Newspapers get it wrong & prejudice Pell's special leave to appeal?

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 1 Sep 2019 at 7:24am

Wave of the Day ~~~~^~~~/(`~~~/(C`...[-Dad - )

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stunet commented Monday, 2 Sep 2019 at 11:11am

Went around to a mate's house on Saturday night for a few drinks and a barbie, and my mate, who's a keen woodworker, pointed out a tree in his backyard. "It's a Red Cedar," he said with barely concealed pride.

Red Cedar have a long history in the Illawarra as they were the first industry here. From Stanwell Park to Kiama the escarpment was abounding with large Red Cedar, the wood from which is easy to work with, has a deep red colour, and most importantly, doesn't rot.

Because of this, timber getters raided the Illawarra Escarpment and shipped it north to build ye olde Sydney Town. The wood was known as 'Red Gold'. So rapacious was the appetite for Red Gold that in 40 years the timber getters stripped the escarpment of Red Cedar. The industry collapsed and many of the timber getters moved to the Northern Rivers to do the same up there.

Very few Red Cedar remain and more recent efforts to regrow the tree have been hampered; it's slow growing and also, for reasons unknown, many specimens didn't take.

The Red Cedar in my mate's yard looked awfully familiar, so yesterday I took a closer look at the biggest tree on our block. It grows right next to the deck, sits to the north of the house, towers over it so we get shade in summer and sun in winter. I had no idea what type of tree it was, but because it was deciduous I figured it was an introduced species.

Turns out Red Cedar - toona ciliata for those inclined - is one of Australia's few deciduous trees. And it also turns out the tree in our yard is a scarce specimen of Red Cedar. Always liked that tree, now even more.

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Ash commented Monday, 2 Sep 2019 at 11:28am

Many years ago I bought a coupla trays of Toona Australis seedlings from Terania Creek nursery ( I think, it's a long time ago ) and planted them on our 5 acre property ( Kangarilla SA ) and shared some with a mate. All my trees grew on a steep hill side but Bob's was on prime flat land one of them absolutely boomed. Found out later he buried his large Doberman underneath it and he attributed that to its excellent health. I was a self employed cabinet maker for a long time and Red Cedar was the shit back then ( 80's and 90's ).

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simba commented Monday, 2 Sep 2019 at 1:01pm

karching!......mate was suspicious of a log that got washed up on the rocks at speeds reef ballina years ago.Had a guy come check it out and sure enough it was red cedar,they took it away and i think my mate scored 3000 grand for the phone call.....so whats your address again Stu?

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stunet commented Monday, 2 Sep 2019 at 1:11pm

Three grand?!

You'll recognise my house by all the sawdust.

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Blowin commented Monday, 2 Sep 2019 at 6:03pm

The value of red cedar is responsible for one of the best waves in Australia.

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GuySmiley commented Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 at 2:21pm

On trees with our next house we hope to either get a house with some old established trees in the garden or some land with established trees. You can’t buy that time it takes for a tree to mature.

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simba commented Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 at 3:07pm

wood it happen to be a fickle right hander...Blowin?

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 at 3:18pm

every river mouth in NSW

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 at 3:33pm

Exactly Freeride..

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stunet commented Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 at 3:44pm

Nerd stuff, but not every rivermouth.

Hunter for coal.
Tuncurry for fish.
Moruya for granite.

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zenagain commented Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 at 6:35pm

Takahagi for pet bottles.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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udo commented Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 at 6:55pm

Guy Smiley back to Calcium Score tests
Natto and Vitamin K2....Miracle food ..Some fantastic Artery cleansing results out there

Zen are you fond of Natto...?

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zenagain commented Tuesday, 3 Sep 2019 at 9:04pm

Love it!

brekky- rice, natto, ontama (coddled egg), nori and konbu.

eat it nearly everday- superfood!

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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stunet commented Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 10:27am

This next month is one of the best times of the year, though for a different reason than, say, late autumn (abundant swell) or late December (holidays and sun). It's all about the early mornings right now. Approaching the spring equinox the days are lengthening at their fastest rate, over two minutes longer every single day, so each week the alarm clock has to be set ten minutes earlier if you want to surf at first light.

All this means the rate of attrition among the morning crew is at its highest.

The morning sessions are the least crowded of the year and if a proper swell comes between now and October 6 - when daylight savings starts - it's a blessing for the insomniacs who find no issue with setting the alarm to four-something to go surfing. Last year we had a point swell the week before DS began and for three days it was single digit crowds for the better part of an hour.

This week's been pretty damn good too. Beachbreaks only, but clean, largely unattended, with an Instagram sunrise each morning.

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 10:45am

very good point Stu.
although I don't see any diminishment of the dawn patrol crew here: the most reliable crowd.

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stunet commented Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 10:56am

There's a fixed dawny crew at the point, five or six guys who are there before the first ray of sun, every swell, every month, every year. I can peg them by arrival time, so Pearso's car is ALWAYS in the first car space, and it goes along from there. On the beach there's really just me and another fella who can be counted on for year-round dawnys.

Other crew come and go, maybe they get up early one day then you don't see them for a few weeks, or there's a van full of backpackers who get woken up by the banter and come out earlier than they expected.

But that core group is as reliable as the sunrise that follows them. Thank fuck it's only a small group and they're all champion fellas (EDIT: and one lady too!)

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stunet commented Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 11:22am

And while I'm feeling a surge of goodwill towards my ante meridiem brothers...

Bloke around here organises a loose gathering of surfers to get together and chat every few weeks. It's a little bit Men's Shed...yeah, yeah...though I'd say it's closer to beers and plain talk than any kind of movement.

Few months back we were chatting about the various pecking orders at the point and someone mentioned the staunch early morning crew, about how good it is to rock up in the dark and see the same faces, have those familiar conversations. 

Fella sitting next to me, who comes from overseas but moved to the area about twenty years back, said about becoming part of the dawny crew, "Changed my life it did."

Wasn't a grand statement, he almost said it under his breath, but the sentiment was unmistakable. I realised then, if I didn't already know, how valuable those casual relationships are.

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boxright commented Wednesday, 4 Sep 2019 at 11:31am

Setting the alarm to 4:30am is nothing unusual for Queenslanders. It's why our curtains fade faster.

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stunet commented Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 at 10:56am

Surfed a protected pointbreak a few hundred kms from home yesterday arvo. Was in the area due to work and once that was done I went chasing waves. The southerly, however, limited my options.

Ended up at the aforementioned pointbreak which was four feet and, though bouncy and backwashy, broke for about 50 metres along an irrgeular rockshelf.

Sounds good right? This is the thread for it, relaying news of good sessions etc..

Unfortunately there were 25 - 30 guys out, all of them apparently locals going on their ability to jockey for the wobbly takeoff while positioned hard up against the rocks. Not just close to the rocks, but right fucken up against them. They could scratch their armpits with the cunjevoi, and this is with lines of overhead swell bouncing around the lineup, each wave washing them a few feet this way and that.

With light fading the work utes would rock up, and quickly afterwards their occupants would run out, jump, and then sit on the inside, picking one up almost straight away.

Me, I floundered and bobbed and paddled for waves that didn't break. Every time a proper wave came there was either already someone on my inside, or someone would materialise there. Buckling down I sat right on the fucken rock and waited, but before a set came a fella shoehorned himself between me and the (dry) rock. Took the next wave that broke.

So I drifted down the line and picked up scraps. Caught a wave to shore and walked back to my car.

Hard to be angry. Really, what had just happened goes on at my local every time it breaks, only this time the roles were reversed. Guess it's good to see things from the other side every now and again.

Besides, I reasoned to myself, at least my local wave is worth hassling for.

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P'tai commented Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 at 2:20pm

Boxright, you made me laugh so loud with that comment! Thankyou

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 at 3:07pm

Ha !
That’s some classic shit.
Hard to be down on crew owning their shit wave if it’s good enough to draw your own attention even if it’s only for an arvo ,cause you know that when you leave youll be immediately replaced with another one-day wonder blow-in.

It’s nice to be able to look down your nose at their misplaced allegiances , whilst they’re pissing themselves on the days their local rivals anywhere on the planet.

Well, maybe not anywhere on the planet, but it probably feels that way when they’ve slogged through 348 days of sectiony garbage and now they’ve got local privilege on a clean wall to the beach.

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 at 5:32pm

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Hello Manly (promo) Click thru-or wait until...Surfie Bongo Van (Nice work Craig!)
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Abmay commented Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019 at 5:38pm

In a past life I've been on some of the water out that way. Will make an effort to get there soon but it could be a fair while before we get enough water to make it worthwhile. Been dealing with fire near my place. Can't see any rain around these parts in the near future.

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udo commented Saturday, 14 Sep 2019 at 3:03pm

JugHead you survived ...again...Good News ....but this has to stop old man
Get well brother
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