July 30th, 2008
Copley skies never cease to amaze and here is another fascinating instance of Flinders Ranges magic, captured by Di. What do you think it is?
July 28th, 2008
Ho-Ho! Ha-Ha-Ha! So who wants to join the Laughter Club of Copley? If you haven’t heard of the amazing Laughter Club of India, have a read of this overview (source):
Dr. Madan Kataria, founder of the Laughter Club of India, has started a revolution of joy and laughter that is spreading around the world. This Allopathic Physician and ex-registrar at the Jaslok Hospital (Bombay) in Internal Medicine and Cardiology has thousands of people laughing their way to better health, more happiness and deeper friendships. This jovial medicine man from India has developed a new technique of Laughter Therapy based on YOGA called LAUGHTER YOGA. Dr. Kataria explains, “In a nutshell, laughter yoga is a combination of self-induced laughter, yoga exercises, yoga breathing and stretching exercises. With a little bit of playfulness it turns into real laughter. Our body produces a similar response to what we get from spontaneous laughter.”
He said the “idea of a laughter club came to me like a divine light. In 1995, I was writing an article for my health magazine and remembered that ‘Laughter, The Best Medicine,’ from Reader’s Digest had always fascinated me.” During his research for the article, Dr. Kataria discovered a large amount of scientific literature on the benefits of laughter on the human mind and body. “I was very impressed by the American journalist Norman Cousins, whose book Anatomy of an Illness, describes how he laughed his way out of an incurable disease of the spine – Ankylosing Spondylitis. Cousins said, ‘What was significant about the laughter…was not just the fact that it provides internal exercise for a person…a form of jogging for the innards, but that it creates a mood in which the other positive emotions can be put to work, too.'”
So while Dr. Kataria was thinking and pacing the floor of his apartment one morning at 4:30 am, it hit him. “If laughter is so good, why not start a laughter club?” Several hours later he tried out the idea with the regulars at his local park who initially reacted with, “Doc, are you OK?”, “Are you crazy?” He eventually motivated four of them to start laughing in a corner of the park. Others laughed at the concept and ridiculed the idea but were converted when the health benefits were explained. Attendance grew and the rest, as they say, is history. There are now hundreds and hundreds of Laughter Clubs all over the world, including India, USA, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, France, Malaysia and Dubai… and Copley!
July 23rd, 2008
Local teenager and horse lover Siobhan Nicholls is holding a fundraiser in support of unwanted, abused and neglected horses. All proceeds go to The International Blessed Broodmare Project who work to rescue horses who are abused as a result of the production of the menopause drug Premurin.
To find out how you can chip in and buy a fundraiser ticket, visit Siobhan’s website dedicated to Maynards Well Stables horse rescue charity fundraising, or email Siobhan. 200 tickets are on sale at $5 each. The prizes can be viewed on the website and the fundraiser date has been extended to September 30th.
Well done Siobhan!
Photo of rescued pony, Violet, taken by S. Nicholls 2007
July 21st, 2008
Make yourself a cuppa and sit down for a read of Dalry’s story, a circle traveled around the world from fire to freedom…
Freedom is remembering who you are! Seeds of the future are sown in the past.
IT SEEMS THAT I HAVE BEEN CALLED TO FINISH SOMETHING AND TO INITIATE SOMETHING ELSE! IF AFTER YOU HAVE READ THIS YOU FEEL TO PASS IT ON TO OTHERS… OR TO INITIATE A FREEDOM NETWORK OR FREEDOM ACTIVITIES YOURSELF…….freedom from fear……freedom from aggression……..freedom from want….freedom from hunger….freedom to be yourself……THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL!
THIS IN BRIEF….TELLS OF HOW THE PAST BECAME THE FUTURE!
It was back in October 1974 I when I decided to run away. With good reason mind you! I had no wish to be injured again by my husband in one of his bouts of drunken rage. A few days previously it had occurred to me that if Jews could survive in the wilderness for 40 years on manna alone, I could manage in the Australian wilderness for forty days on $80.00 dollars because that’s all I had.
I set off on the evening of the 7th of October in pouring rain and took a route heading due North from Melbourne. Sure enough within a few days I found myself tucked safely away in a clearing within Cooee of mysterious Red George in the Northern Flinders Ranges of South Australia, where the high cliffs are scored with hundreds of chippings said to have been made by powerful Aborigine Mimi spirits….the perfect location to undertake a 10 day distilled water fast. No food. No people. Just me…. the Aborigine elders…the Mimis…and the others.
From there I made my way on foot, walking from dawn to dark in a straight line which took me initially through the door of the Copley Roadhouse, and eventually some months later through the front door of Tom Agnew’s house. Tom had arrived in the fifties from Ireland, and since then had made a monumental contribution to opening up the outback; first by introducing Landrovers to the desert and later by engaging in a multitude of contracts involving his precious toys….front end loaders…graders…bulldozers… and whatever else was required for the job in hand……
July 19th, 2008
Extraordinary striated cloud cover over the Northern Flinders made for a stunning show of full moon last night. Gina captured this moment of the moonlight over Maynards, more pics in the Copley Image Gallery.
July 16th, 2008
Hi all! My daughter sent me this. I’m forwarding it because this kid has thrown down the gauntlet in no uncertain terms. I take this as a CLOSURE and firmly believe that from now on its the children who will lead the way.
This video submitted by Dalry is of an astounding speech delivered by a girl from Canada who silenced the international Environmental Conference in Rio de Janeiro, an act of courage and clarity well worth sharing. Download as a 4.8mb wmv file.
July 15th, 2008
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July 12th, 2008
Last time it was small lamb, big dog, this time big lamb, small dog. 🙂
July 11th, 2008
This post was submitted by Margaret Mackay, Editor of the Coober Pedy Regional Times, contact details below.
Hello Copley, we see you’re back online. We’re getting letters to Ed and phone calls about the News site.
“This site has been taken down at the request of the Copley and Districts Progress Association.”
Is everything ok over there? What’s the story with pulling the plug? Readers want and deserve an explanation.
You can’t unplug the News guys, it’s not China! And it isn’t progress.
We had the ABC on the phone yesterday…What do you want, prime time NATIONAL NEWS? Silencing a community is not done in this country and you can’t hide this even in Copley. We are going to notice!
If you guys don’t like different, then come over here. We have 43 nationalities and they are all different. But you have to appreciate differences. You can’t have it one way… Go for a holiday…get a break..come back fresh. Noone OWNS Copley. People share. People are fair. People care. Have you lost your sense of community?
You cannot justify this. A violation has occured in a position of trust. A community service has been pulled with no notice and no explanation.
Will the Editor or “progress” please get back to us with some answers for regional readers? “In writing”. Deadline is next Wednesday 5 pm.
Unfortunately you have been progressed right across the country for this little stunt. If I pick up my phone one more time and it’s about Copley, it will be reported to our Federal MP for investigation.
Coober Pedy Regional Times
cooberpedyregionaltimes.net (10 – 23 July_page 7)