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Topic: The GOOD NEWS Thread

  1. Unbeliever
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    8 July 2021 in reply to Unbeliever

    James Miranda Steuart Barry (1789–1865) was a military surgeon in the British Army, born in Cork, Ireland. Barry obtained a medical degree from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, then served first in Cape Town, South Africa, and subsequently in many parts of the British Empire. Before retirement, Barry had risen to the rank of Inspector General (equivalent to Brigadier) in charge of military hospitals, the second highest medical office in the British Army. Barry not only improved conditions for wounded soldiers, but also the conditions of the native inhabitants, and performed the first recorded caesarean section by a European in Africa in which both the mother and child survived the operation.

    Over ten years of work in the Cape, Barry effected significant changes, among them improvements to sanitation and water systems, improved conditions for enslaved people, prisoners and the mentally ill, and provision of a sanctuary for the leper population. Barry also performed one of the first known successful Caesarean sections in which both mother and child survived. The child was christened James Barry Munnik in his honour.

    Wherever Barry served across the British Empire, improvements were made to sanitary conditions and the conditions and diet of both the common soldier and other, under-represented groups. Barry was outraged by unnecessary suffering, and took a heavy-handed and sometimes tactless approach to demanding improvements for the poor and underprivileged which often incited anger from officials and military officers; on several occasions Barry was both arrested and demoted for the extremity of this behaviour. Barry held strict and unusually modern views about nutrition, being completely vegetarian and teetotal, and, while keeping most personal relationships distant, was very fond of pets, particularly a beloved poodle named Psyche.

    Only after Barry's death at age 76 was it revealed during an autopsy that he was Margaret Ann Bulkley and was in fact a woman who had only pretended to be a man so she could become a doctor when that career path was considered to be impossible for her gender due to the belief of those times that women were neither intelligent enough, nor had the constitution to handle medical traumas, nor brave enough to work with battlefield soldiers.

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  2. Doolhof
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    8 July 2021 in reply to Unbeliever

    Hi Unbeliever,

    Such a remarkable story! Thanks for sharing this.

  3. Guest9337
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    8 July 2021

    The sun is out, my wife loves me, my mother is almost free of a job she hates, the sports club I like is still operating and has good people leading.

    My two stereos are still working and pumping out the music whenever I want/need.

    I'm doing things that matter to me and keeping up with necessary stuff too.

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  4. Unbeliever
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    3 August 2021 in reply to Unbeliever
    Nearly 10 years after Jeni Stepien’s father was killed, Arthur Thomas, a father of four who lives in Lawrenceville, N.J. who had received her father's transplanted heart walked her down the aisle at her wedding so that "a part of him was still with her on her wedding day". It was an equally emotional moment for both of them (there is a photo of Jeni in her wedding dress at the altar with her hand on Arthur's chest feeling his heart beating both of them trying to hold back tears).

    In Colombia, on a university campus for there is a black dog called "Negro" (Translation "Black" in Spanish) who after repeatedly watching students exchange paper for cookies at a university stand, started finding "suitable leaves" and going up to the counter to exchange for cookies. The people working there played along and accepted his doggy currency. This has been going on daily for the last 5 years (they have special "dog friendly cookies" just for him and limit his purchases to only twice per day so he does not get overweight and unhealthy).

    In India, Dashrath Manjhi had a wife who died from an injury sustained from falling down a mountain and being unable to travel the 55 kilometres from their village to the nearest town to receive medical help. Dashrath spent the next 22 years carving a path through the mountain with little help and only using hand tools, reducing the distance from his village to the town from 55km to 15km in order for no-one else to suffer the same fate. He is popularly locally known as the "Mountain Man".
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  5. missep123
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    4 August 2021 in reply to Unbeliever

    Those are great stories everyone!

    Unbeliever - I like how you have taken good news stories from around the world!

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    4 August 2021 in reply to missep123

    Hi missep123 ....I havent been on the forums for a while..My huge thanks for making this (and other threads) a positive place for members to post

    Hi Unbeliever...we have chatted before and its always great to see you on the air! (your posts) If you wish to share some good news about yourself you are always welcome :-)

    Hi David.....great to hear that you love your sound systems...ditto here...and your mum nearly being out of a job she doesnt like....Nice1 DG

    My good news....I eventually gathered the courage to get my 1st vaccine a few weeks ago....Im looking forward to the second dose in a couple of weeks!

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

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  7. Claudia L
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    5 August 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    Hi David,

    Thank you for sharing this and I am truly happy for you.

    I wish you all the best and happiness.

    Cheers,

    Claudia

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  8. missep123
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    10 August 2021 in reply to blondguy

    Hi Paul and everyone!

    That's great that you are feeling good about that!

    I really do love this thread! Keep it up everyone! :)

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    10 August 2021 in reply to Claudia L

    Hi everyone!

    Hey Claudia.....thankyou for helping out and being a part of the forum family too :-)

    Hey MIssep....appreciate your support and TLC!

    We are doing okay ✔

    my kindest always...Paul

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    10 August 2021 in reply to blondguy

    Hey everyone, LOVE reading good news lol.

    My son who went for an interview "just for practice" as his boss encouraged him to do, actually GOT THE JOB.
    He's smiling so wide lol. Starts in 2 weeks but began the online Management Course today lol! Keen as mustard.

    P.son's HSC Trials have been pushed back further. He can stay home during lock down longer yay.
    He'll be "learning from home" as soon as exams finish so can move back home then, so grateful.

    Alexa has a new "companion" and I'm so happy for them both.

    Our Pets are loving lock down omg, happy they are!

    EMxxxx

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    10 August 2021 in reply to ecomama

    Congrats to your son!!! Thats GOOD NEWS!!!

    He is like his mum....a LEGEND :-)

    Good on you for mentioning pets loving lockdown.....they do! Always a treat to read your posts!

    Hugs xxxx

    Paul

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    10 August 2021 in reply to blondguy

    Thanks Paul, you're very sweet!

    Son who was promoted was pretty relaxed for the interview because it was only for practice! NOW he'll be an Assistant Manager. I went a bit wild on his Resume lol using "data". He'd taken pics at the exact store - pics of their ratings going UP as his shift progressed lol. They moved from almost 200th in the state up to 4th by the end of his shift!

    I'd hire him too lol.

    Our pets omg, cat is fatter thank goodness.
    Rescue poodle is on a diet lol!
    Chooks are laying LOTS.
    Papa Brush turkey moved his mate in and now there's TWO Turkey mounds in our garden omg. Yeah that's good news too. So beautiful to see wildlife happy. Little bubba brush turkeys will be running about in a few months.

    Oh almost forgot, MORE good news!

    My brother actually took a set of drawers to put together for me, they were new in the box.
    How sweet is that!
    It was a contactless pick up lol.

    EMxxxx

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  13. Unbeliever
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    12 August 2021 in reply to Unbeliever

    1) In 2017, hacker group "Anonymous" successfully found an exploit and hacked into 10,613 illegal sites hidden on the dark web and deleted them completely leaving only the message "We do not forgive. We do not forget. You should have expected us.". This 1 single act successfully did more damage to the underground crime networks worldwide than the entire world's governments and cyber security teams over the last 10 years have been able to achieve combined.

    2) In Kolkata (India), In 1996 a newborn baby girl was dumped next to a dustbin. 3 street dogs discovered her while searching for food and decided to protect her, refusing to leave her alone. It was observed that 1 dog would always stay with her as a guardian while the other 2 went searching for food, even carrying back some of the precious food they found in trash and repeatedly attempting to feed the child (unsuccessfully unfortunately of course). This went on for 2 days before some people finally came for her and took her to a police station. The 3 dogs followed the people back to the station and kept a cautious eye on her from the doorway refusing to leave. It was only when the baby was put into a car to be driven to her foster home that the dogs finally left and walked "home" back to their territory.

    3) In some countries there is an inexpensive service which you can pay for in advance which will ensure that an exceptionally beautiful woman or man will come to your funeral dressed in obviously mysterious (but sexy black clothing). They will hold a black umbrella regardless of the weather and where dark sunglasses they will never take off. They will quietly but obviously weep at a respectable distance back from your family and friends for the entire ceremony and only after people have moved away (but are still in view) lay a single rose on your grave and stand there silently for 20 minutes crying.

    If approached they will only ever give a first name and will only respond with things like "I'm sorry, I'm too heartbroken to speak right now" or "I don't believe that today of all days it would be appropriate to speak about that" or "All I can say is that 'they' were extremely important and special to me" or other things designed to be equally mysterious.

    These services are specifically designed so that your friends and family will forever wonder what interesting and mysterious secret you had in life that none of them ever knew about and you took with you to the grave. Which is pretty cool.

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  14. wail
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    12 August 2021 in reply to Unbeliever
    Guru I have good news my 3 sisters are pregnant this has shocked my parents because of the covid, the old people are very afraid. Good news three times in one week, I will be an uncle for the 14th time. The good news is that we are a big family we hope to expand future. Good news for my family all day all night we pray for the growing babys. Cheers
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  15. quirkywords
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    13 August 2021 in reply to wail

    I know of people in my town who deliver food and meals to people in need.

    Afew local churches and the local supermarkets give out food hampers each day an no questions are asked. So if you say you need it you get a hamper.
    I think it is great that individuals and groups are helping others struggling.

    I am glad I live in a caring town.

    Another town 20 mins away has a woman put a request on Facebook for food for people in her town and was amazed at the response.

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    13 August 2021 in reply to ecomama

    Hi everyone!

    Hey EM....awww thankyou.....Your posts are gold...Contactless pick up lmao

    Hey Quirky....always a bonus to read your posts...especially goods news from a small town and how much people help eachother

    Hey Unbeliever....we have chatted before and its always great to see you on the air! (your posts) If you wish to share some good news about yourself you are always welcome :-)

    my kind thoughts

    Paul

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    17 August 2021 in reply to blondguy

    Hey Paul, lol yep a CONTACTLESS pick up. We have to do them ALL the time here in hard lock down.

    We have contactless "minding Alexa's dog" pick ups / drop offs. She needs care while Alexa's at work up to 12h a shift.

    We have contactless egg deliveries too lol.
    We have the "Community links" going ie I leave outside for a pick up (my chook's eggs) then person 1 picks up - contactless (we don't even talk or see each other lol!).
    Then delivers to person 2s doorstep.
    Person 2 takes to person 3s doorstep etc until destination.
    Done because we can only travel within 5kms, ppl on their way to or from work.
    Everyone is obeying laws but we need to FEED people.
    ANY excess from our gardens is going via Community links.

    Quirky that's AWESOME, love that.

    I could read Unbeliever's posts about World GOOD NEWS 24/7 lol.

    Wail - THREE more babies? WOW congratulations everyone!

    Our GOOD NEWS:

    ~ YES prodigal son has top level approval for his WORK TRANSFER back home. SO grateful. Now he doesn't need to TRAVEL 10h+ for a work shift! yay! He may have to for school though later if LD is lifted but for now no. (Less Uber costs for me which is a great relief lol).

    ~ They started another son a month early in his Assistant Manager position omg, he's rapt!

    ~ Alexa decided to continue with her Psych Honors and began it. Amazing.

    ~ My bosses GOT my work overload (sure I had to contact my Union Rep lol) but hey hopefully that's a thing of the past.

    ~ My Leave was approved for next week; looking after Alexa after surgery AND supervising p.son's Trial HSC Exams. Might squeeze some gardening in lol.

    ~ rescue pup is losing weight lol. I have a Data Sheet for every time someone feeds him anything. He got into chocolate biscuits! Then lost it at us because we took them off him lol! This dog is a tyrant lol.
    And will be disciplined, kindly.

    ~ I found my favourite Pastor on YouTube (who left our Church last year) and watch HIM each Sabbath - too happy for words.

    ~ I almost have my weekends back, so I WILL be able to garden. Hallelujah lol.

    ~ Self care happening more which is always wonderful.

    Keep the GOOD NEWS coming in. We really need it peeps!! (it's a relief from the LD blues).

    Love to all
    EMxxxx

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  18. missep123
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    24 August 2021 in reply to ecomama
    I heard on the news that there was a medical student who attended a lecture and recognised the lecturer as the doctor who saved her life as a baby! She told her parents that he seemed familiar and the father said he would never forget his face. She was able to thank the doctor and he was able to see the child he saved - all grown up. I thought that was so beautiful!
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    24 August 2021 in reply to missep123

    Hi Missep,

    What a beautiful news story! How amazing it would’ve been to recognise the doctor who saved her all that time ago.

    Thank you for sharing this.

    LL

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  20. Guest9337
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    29 August 2021 in reply to Lillylane

    Yesterday was an amazing day. I became a member of pay it forward adelaide facebook group and made a post stating my need for a new phone. The administrators took that post down and said it was against the rules. I shared with them that they actually do not have that in their published rules and thus I wasn't breaking their published rules. I then posted up two ads for giving away valuable items that I no longer require and one person will arrive this arvo to pick up the items I am paying forward.

    Some time later yesterday, I received a msg from the administrator of PIFA and she informed me that even though the rules are against asking for phones, she did actually have an IPHONE 8 plus that she would gift to me! Apparently her 23 year old son has an iphone 8 plus he no longer needs and him and his mum are happy to give it to me, for free, all I need do is drive for an hour down to adelaide metro and pick it up on Monday arvo!

    I wept like a baby for 30 minutes with that good news and sharp contrast to being psychologically abused by _____.

  21. missep123
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    29 August 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    What a nice turn of events david'n'goliath!

    I am so glad that you are able to get a new phone like that! It is also very kind of you to give away valuable items! I'm sure the people receive them will be so appreciative!

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    29 August 2021 in reply to Guest9337

    Dng

    i am glad you got the phone and the woman was kind. I joined one of those groups but it was stressful that if you used the words “please consider me “

    you were banned and so many rules. I found it so hard I never asked or posted things to give away. One couldn’t say why you needed an item .

    I am so glad the lady was so helpful.

    So my good news a few days someone helped my partner and gave him advice when he was stressed. This person knew me a little but not my partner. So her kindness stopped him from becoming more upset.

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  23. Guest9337
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    29 August 2021 in reply to quirkywords

    Yep, I reckon you have hit a nail upon my own head there quirkywords!

    What if people who find or found themselves in similar situations u describe where the rules are too much, could give their words to another person and say this "hey mate I want to say this_____________, but I'm a bit worried/concerned about negative consequences, even though I want to get the spirit of my message across, so could YOU please edit my words so that they will pass YOUR rules, so that I can say what I want to say, that you permit me to say, which is for the item________"

    Just like needing a translater because of a new language medium.

    If the french can't understand the germans, then let us get a british person who is fluent in both french and german to do the mediation of communication.

    Hows that sound qw?

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