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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I focus Sunday, 3 Oct 2021 at 10:39am

Thanks Zen

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san Guine Tuesday, 5 Oct 2021 at 10:05am

My favourite bird may have been eliminated (figuratively) from bird of the year, but maybe next year.

"These birds never leave the beach – they are born and live and die on the beach. At 100 grams – the birds spend all their lives in all sorts of weather and storms.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/oct/05/how-lovers-of-the-ho...

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blindboy Tuesday, 5 Oct 2021 at 10:22am

They hang around on a quiet stretch of beach nearby/. Lots of pied oyster catchers too.

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H2O Tuesday, 5 Oct 2021 at 1:32pm

Back to the birds, as a little kid I spent one school holidays with a few others and our primary school teacher at the Gould League of Bird Lovers camp held at the Lake Ainsworth National Fitness camp . Our school was inland and not for a second did I foresee that about 15 years later I would be catching waves next to the big headland a few miles south of the camp.
Our teacher was a committed amateur ornithologist and I'll be forever grateful for her passing on her knowledge and love for birds. We used to catch ,band and release for research- sturdy motorcycle gloves for the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo - and take long nature study hikes during school hours .
The Gould League had the first favourite bird comp back in early 1900's. Haven't voted yet but Galah will get mine.

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zenagain Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021 at 9:36am

Sadly the King Parrot has been eliminated from the running.

My vote has gone to the humble Aussie maggie as the quintessential Oz bird. Plus Seaslugs little mate pushed me in that direction.

Carn' the Pies!

(fark, first time I've said that in my life)

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I focus Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021 at 10:15am

Powerful Owl for me

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Blowin Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021 at 12:11pm

The Maggie is too obvious but it’s hard to beat. I sort of view it like a early naughties Kelly Slater of the Oz bird world. You get bored of it winning but it wins cause it’s the best. Not the prettiest looking bird, it’s their personality , willingness to interact with humans and their universal accessibility which gets them over the line so often.

King parrots are cool and you can get up close and personal with them but they’ll never come over and just hang out like a magpie.

Powerful owls are flat out incredible - basically the great white of the Oz bird world ( Wedgie is the tiger shark ) - the only problem is you are mostly only aware of their presence when you hear the blood curdling scream of a possum getting rinsed during a dark night. Winged Jack the Rippers.

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blackers Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021 at 6:48pm

Sad the Kingy was dropped. They are always happy to share.
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zenagain Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021 at 7:13pm

Brought you a beer and a bag of chips Blackers?

That's my kind of bird.

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tubeshooter Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021 at 8:35pm

How the hell is the bush turkey still in the running ?

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blackers Wednesday, 6 Oct 2021 at 8:41pm

Kept the rest of the slab for himself tho, cheeky bugger.

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san Guine Thursday, 7 Oct 2021 at 6:49am
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How the hell is the bush turkey still in the running ?

TS
Haha...It's a fake left agenda. Unpopular is the new popular.

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san Guine Thursday, 7 Oct 2021 at 7:26am

In other vaccine news. Somehow I doubt that there will be protests at the Shrine about this one though
https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2021/10/6/22712898/who-malaria-vaccin...

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san Guine Thursday, 7 Oct 2021 at 7:43am

Further to above re malaria

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/06/210618091723.htm

"Recent successes with vaccines against COVID-19 highlight the advantages of mRNA-based platforms -- notably highly targeted design, flexible and rapid manufacturing and ability to promote strong immune responses in a manner not yet explored,"

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zenagain Thursday, 7 Oct 2021 at 9:41am

I was wavering between the galah and the maggie this morning but I still had to give my vote to the maggie.

Only a handful left.

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I focus Thursday, 7 Oct 2021 at 10:09am

Went the Galah, the perennial larrikin.

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H2O Thursday, 7 Oct 2021 at 10:13am

Just voted .
Galah's have a great sense of play , I'm sure other birds do too, but with the Galah its 'much more obvious and relatable to humans I think. I've watched a flock of Galah's divebombing a large clump of trees at speed and then tearing through them as fast as they can , shrieking as loud as they can. Cant see this activity relating to food catching , mating, check rearing or other mundane activities. Its a rush. They're frothing - like their own version of surfing.

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blackers Thursday, 7 Oct 2021 at 10:21am

Go the froggie.....
Frogmouth

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seaslug Thursday, 7 Oct 2021 at 12:28pm

Classic Blackers

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stunet Saturday, 9 Oct 2021 at 1:42pm

The Google car gets welcomed to Thirroul:

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batfink Saturday, 9 Oct 2021 at 2:31pm

Excellent work there Stu. A mate of yours?

Apparently the Superb Fairy Wren won the bird of the year. Have to admit I love ‘em, always see them around the beaches in the foredunes and in the banksias and Swamy areas, anywhere with some thick vegetation for them to dart into for protection.

But Maggie’s have to be the best. Smartest birds in the block. Got a pair in the backyard at the moment with a constantly squawking youngster saying ‘feed me, fucker.’ Young fella seems to be interested in what we’re doing and comes up to the glass doors and knocks occasionally. Mum/dad just watches.

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batfink Saturday, 9 Oct 2021 at 2:32pm

Anyone know what would be good food for a Maggie for us to leave out for them?

Just want to maintain good relations.

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Hutchy 19 Saturday, 9 Oct 2021 at 3:15pm

Not mince apparently . They don't have tongues so babies can choke . They love cheese .

From my mother so beware .

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Blowin Saturday, 9 Oct 2021 at 3:57pm
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Anyone know what would be good food for a Maggie for us to leave out for them?

Just want to maintain good relations.

Get a loaf of that cheap Devon. . They lose their minds over it. Cheese is good though I’m not sure how healthy it is for them?

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Roker Saturday, 9 Oct 2021 at 4:28pm

RIP Ndakasi.

“She will be missed by all of us at Virunga but we are forever grateful for the richness Ndakasi brought to our lives during her time at Senkwekwe,” Bouma said.

The global population of mountain gorillas was critically endangered when Ndakasi was born in 2007, but the species has grown some 47 per cent to an estimated 1,063 this year, park officials said.

https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/female-gorilla-in-vir...

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Blowin Saturday, 9 Oct 2021 at 4:34pm

Kong has awakened from his winter slumber

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blackers Saturday, 9 Oct 2021 at 6:44pm

He’s a big fella Blowin, Good thing your Maggie’s have fledged.

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blindboy Tuesday, 12 Oct 2021 at 10:12am

Walked around the headland again this morning. Bursts of sunlight out on the sea highlighting the chop on the small swell lines. A few people at the lighthouse watching for whales. Birdsong. Not another person on the track itself. Reflected rain drops on the foliage. Surf? Who cares?

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bonza Wednesday, 13 Oct 2021 at 8:58pm

Don’t forget next week

https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/

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batfink Friday, 15 Oct 2021 at 12:47pm
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Get a loaf of that cheap Devon. . They lose their minds over it. Cheese is good though I’m not sure how healthy it is for them?

Cheers hutchy and Blowin. Mate, no Devon at our house, I’m mighty partial to berliner though so they’ll get some upgraded Devon.

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Constance B Gibson Friday, 15 Oct 2021 at 2:15pm

Are youse talkin' about Fritz?

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silentp Friday, 15 Oct 2021 at 5:16pm

Fritz and tomato sauce on fresh white bread haha, south oz grommet staple

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Constance B Gibson Friday, 15 Oct 2021 at 7:32pm

Fried fritz. Sunday morning breakie after a big one. Lovely.

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blackers Saturday, 16 Oct 2021 at 9:58am

Heard Warren Ellis, musical genius, speaking on the radio yesterday. He has set up an animal sanctuary in Sumatra for local wildlife, focusing on rescued animals that can’t be released into the wild due to injuries or other special needs. His book, Nina Simone’s gum, is also a good read.
https://www.ellispark.org/

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goofyfoot Saturday, 16 Oct 2021 at 1:08pm
blackers wrote:

Heard Warren Ellis, musical genius, speaking on the radio yesterday. He has set up an animal sanctuary in Sumatra for local wildlife, focusing on rescued animals that can’t be released into the wild due to injuries or other special needs. His book, Nina Simone’s gum, is also a good read.
https://www.ellispark.org/

Sounds good blackers, there is a Victorian woman who lives in Bali who has set up a rescue centre for stray Balinese dogs or dogs whose owners no longer want them or don’t look after them.
The organisation’s name is Mission Pawsible. You can find them on social media.
I’ve been donating to it monthly for 3 years now, they do some fantastic work.

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blackers Saturday, 16 Oct 2021 at 1:59pm

Good man, goofyfoot. It's nice to see, and be able to support, people doing good things. Much better than reading insane ramblings and perpetual arguments on the internet!
BTW, from recollection you were expecting a new addition fairly recently. Hope all is going well.

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goofyfoot Saturday, 16 Oct 2021 at 4:12pm

Blackers yes it’s much better I agree! I get sucked in sometimes to the stupidity of it.
I just checked out Warrens organisation, looks like it’s going to be incredible. Sounds like they have big plans.
All good with the new addition thank you! Just trying to get used to walking around like a sleep deprived zombie again,

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stunet Monday, 18 Oct 2021 at 10:56am

Finding an old board of mine in my nephew's board rack and realising the planshape is pretty damn alluring in a mini-mid-length kinda way.

6'0" x 19 x 2 3/4 with a semi beaked nose to keep the thickness running forward

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simba Monday, 18 Oct 2021 at 11:01am

mini mid length

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stunet Monday, 18 Oct 2021 at 11:04am
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mini mid length

New genre. Get on it.

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Optimist Monday, 18 Oct 2021 at 11:27am

Like a pod mod quad….my favourite small wave board ever.

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blackers Monday, 18 Oct 2021 at 11:45am

Slightly different planshape but the Machado Creeper - an 8' middie with the middle 2 foot cut out. Great for swooping cutties and down the line speed runs. Best as a quaddie with twin fins at front and small trailers.

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udo Monday, 18 Oct 2021 at 11:59am

Look at lot like a 7S Jetstream
Volume Middys by Richie Lovett look o.k.

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stunet Monday, 18 Oct 2021 at 12:03pm

Ha ha ha...OK.

Made by Pato at PCC back in the early noughties. Not a model, I vaguely remember requesting something along the lines of a progressive fish. Not sure why he went longer than I'd normally get, but fifteen years on, few months out due to injury, and a few extra kegs on the scales, it's now almost perfect.

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zenagain Monday, 18 Oct 2021 at 12:23pm

I like the looks of that board.

Btw- which bird came out on top in the Guardian vote?

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adam12 Monday, 18 Oct 2021 at 12:29pm

Superb fairywren

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udo Monday, 18 Oct 2021 at 12:26pm

I was referring to the Machado creeper looking 7s ish
The Pato Red Nettle looks fun.

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blackers Monday, 18 Oct 2021 at 12:31pm
zenagain wrote:

I like the looks of that board.

Btw- which bird came out on top in the Guardian vote?

Superb Fairy Wren won the prize, not blue headed finch.

I believe I have been smacked down by Udo. :(

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simba Monday, 18 Oct 2021 at 1:01pm

udo said...'.The Patto Red Nettle..'.......Stu rubbing his beard and adjusting his manbun comes to the conclusion that he could flood the markets with a new design......well hipsters dont know its been all done before.....looks at his phone, rings GSI........

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Constance B Gibson Thursday, 28 Oct 2021 at 5:28pm