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Good news stories

Postby different glory » November 21st, 2009, 9:59 am

I sometimes feel a bit overloaded with bad news. So I thought I'd start a thread for good news stories (pause for all the hardened cynics present to be sick :grin: ).

Here's an opening contribution...

Summary: four young boys, in training to be lifesavers help to save a woman having an asthma attack, and near-drowning as a result. (A sixteen-year-old girl, already fully trained and in charge of the life-saving club's inflatable boat, completed the rescue, and performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the woman. But it was the boys who spotted she was in trouble and held her up, and signalled for more help.)
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Re: Good news stories

Postby GregB » November 21st, 2009, 4:30 pm

Hang on, DG, is that really good news as far as the four lads are concerned? I mean, given their training, they had the opportunity for a little gratuitous mouth-to-mouth resuscitation themselves before that mid-teen smart Alex moved in herself to put them in the shade and postpone their own tongue-in-cheek ( :mrgreen: ) experiences until further down the line.


I can just imagine the asthma-ridden babe trying to gasp out a message to her saving teen-angel as the latter breathes hot air into her lungs:

Victim: "Haaa...ha...haaa...haargh...haa...haaa..."

Sweet Sixteen: "Whaaa...what's that...whaddyasayin'...?"

Victim: "HALITOSIS!!!"
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Re: Good news stories

Postby Pondero » November 21st, 2009, 8:48 pm

Whilst my beloved wife is out enjoying herself gallivanting about and dining with many of her sisters ( women only -no husbands allowed) at the Mandarin today, I am stuck here and left with strict instructions to finish the housework ( this TV room) and go for a walk. Well, I have been twenty minutes on the exercise bike already and then I changed and got in the SUV drove to the bottom of the street ( I don't believe in overdoing the exercise). and crossing into James Gardens where I parked the vehicle and walked on the grass, dodging bird muck ( from those darned Canada geese who are now pestering those good unsuspecting Americans, who live near Disney World, where it is warm enough for their excellencies)

After ten minutes I said "enough" and returned to the SUV, but not before watching a squirrel who stopped digging in the soil to watch me. I watched him and he watched me. We exchanged words - much to the surprise no doubt of a jogger who passed by- and he even stood on his hind legs in a most engaging pose. The squirrel not the jogger. Obviously this one was street smart and knew how to attract the attention of those with nuts and bread. Unfortunately, for him I had neither. Oh well, back home, and my beloved is still out gallivanting around.

I have been left some delicious concoction to eat consisting of corn soup, shrimps - absolutely delicious and there is some left for supper as her majesty is not cooking tonight! :thumbsup:
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Re: Good news stories

Postby GregB » November 22nd, 2009, 8:54 am

OK - a good news story in the spirit DG intended. A few weeks ago, an item appeared in the local paper here, La Vanguardia, about a woman in her 40's who was travelling on one of the city's buses one day, standing at a rail by a window, when she sensed a woman around her own age standing nearby staring at her. This woman then approached her and said that she had detected in her face slight signs indicating a very rare but serious kind of tumour (I forget its location - somewhere in the insides) which if not treated soon could prove fatal. The woman then said she had to get off the bus and said goodbye. The first woman treated the story seriously as the other woman had seemed genuine in her concern and advice, so she went to a specialist for an examination. It turned out the mysterious lady was right and the hospital started treatment immediately, which succeeded in curing her completely. She had then notified the newspaper of her story, hoping to locate her angelic benefactor.

Within a couple of days of the story appearing, the mystery woman contacted the paper, which brought the two together again. It turned out that she was a specialist in the rare condition herself and had spotted the incipient signs in the face of the lady on the bus, signs which would be imperceptible to anyone else, even a regular doctor. She had literally saved the woman's life, but she was very modest about it, refusing any accolades and saying that she had merely done what she considered to be the right thing in the circumstances, the possibility of a rebuff notwithstanding. A self-effacing heroine who performed a very good deed!
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Re: Good news stories

Postby Sweet Peace » November 22nd, 2009, 11:23 pm

Maybe it's stretching it to say that this article Another Sorry Story is good news but I'm pleased that the children who were placed in care have been given an apology for the neglect and abuse they suffered.
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Re: Good news stories

Postby Sprocket » November 23rd, 2009, 9:24 am

GregB wrote:OK - a good news story in the spirit DG intended. A few weeks ago, an item appeared in the local paper here, La Vanguardia, about a woman in her 40's who was travelling on one of the city's buses one day, standing at a rail by a window, when she sensed a woman around her own age standing nearby staring at her. This woman then approached her and said that she had detected in her face slight signs indicating a very rare but serious kind of tumour (I forget its location - somewhere in the insides) which if not treated soon could prove fatal. The woman then said she had to get off the bus and said goodbye. The first woman treated the story seriously as the other woman had seemed genuine in her concern and advice, so she went to a specialist for an examination. It turned out the mysterious lady was right and the hospital started treatment immediately, which succeeded in curing her completely. She had then notified the newspaper of her story, hoping to locate her angelic benefactor.

Within a couple of days of the story appearing, the mystery woman contacted the paper, which brought the two together again. It turned out that she was a specialist in the rare condition herself and had spotted the incipient signs in the face of the lady on the bus, signs which would be imperceptible to anyone else, even a regular doctor. She had literally saved the woman's life, but she was very modest about it, refusing any accolades and saying that she had merely done what she considered to be the right thing in the circumstances, the possibility of a rebuff notwithstanding. A self-effacing heroine who performed a very good deed!
I think I read about that in the Gadrunia. What the other woman noticed was that she had rather broad hands and a prominent jaw, which suggested acromegaly, caused by an over-active pituitary gland producing growth hormone, which, in adults who cannot grow upwards any more because their epiphyses (growth points near the ends of the long bones) have disappeared, causes excessive thickening of bones, especially noticable in the jaw and hands. It turned out that the woman did indeed have cancer of the pituitary.

No news is good news: about a week ago, everyone working in the mail centre one evening jumped out of their skin when there was a sudden, very loud bang, which sounded to me very like the sound of the oil tanks at Buncefield exloding almost four years ago. Later, a police helicopter was seen buzzing around outside. I expected to read of some kind of disaster in the local news, and maybe even the national, but there's been nothing, so it was probably just something falling over within the mail centre, and the helicopter was unconnected. (I must admit to having been fleetingly disappointed.)
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Re: Good news stories

Postby different glory » December 1st, 2009, 8:01 pm

Thank you all for the good news!

The diagnosis on the bus story is a fascinating one -- there are so many jigsaw-puzzle pieces which were all put together for it to happen.

Here's a social survival good news story from my territory: small town manages to stave off demise. Or maybe it's an environmental good news story, since it means a big cut in fuel use. Or maybe it's a small business good news story, since someone without much capital has been enabled to run their own business. So.. the Willaura petrol station story!

:)

[Editing to add: the CFA is the Country Fire Authority -- the volunteeer firefighters that the town and surrounding farmers would be relying on for public safety of many sorts, as well as firefighting.]
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Re: Good news stories

Postby Bev » December 1st, 2009, 8:48 pm

Reading through this thread has been refreshing, especially the story of the two women. It's so nice that the cured woman would put out an ad like she did. Her gratitude is evident in this alone. How rewarding for the woman/doctor.
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Re: Good news stories

Postby Sweet Peace » December 19th, 2009, 12:07 am

Scientist crack cancer codes -gives hope that treatments will become more effective. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009 ... ion=justin
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Re: Good news stories

Postby Sweet Peace » December 19th, 2009, 1:09 am

Astronomers have discovered an Earth-like planet 42 light years away. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009 ... ion=justin It would have to be 42, wouldn't it. :grin:

(For non-readers of the Hitchhikers Guide -42 is the answer to everything.)
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