Coober Pedy News No. 49

6 February 2004

                                                                                       Archived copy              

Letters to Editor  

The 'Virgin Rainbow'

John Wood,  Marketing Manager for the sale of the "Virgin Rainbow", who has given permission for the use of the above image, says that Sam Wood extricated it from the QuickTime video on page one of the Virgin Rainbow site The stone was mined from the Brown's Folly field and also polished by long time Coober Pedy opal miner John Dunstan  in September 2003.

The previous issue of the Coober Pedy News contained the photo and text below, supplied by Mr Wood. He says that  in response to further information received by him, he has revised the text accompanying the photo.

"This old image was masterfully restored and coloured by Mike Piper et al. The original B&W photo was taken in 1962 not 1940's as I incorrectly had it. The three old timers in that shot are; - 1. seated at table, Greg Sherman. 2. standing at front right, wearing glasses, David Caplan, USA, and 3. standing rear right, the late legendary Spencer Darwin Dunstan." (father of John Dunstan).

  "The estimated value of opal on the table back in 1962 was approx 400,000 pounds or $800,000 dollars. In today's currency terms, that sum translates not to $28 million, but much more. If we apply a simple formula such as the rule of 72, or the per carat average price of gem quality cabochon material, it is over $40 million."  John Wood


Coober Pedy's Green Triangle

Usually the Walking Track on the Triangle is not much different from the rest of the ground.  But the total of 65 mm of rain that fell on December 21 and 30 created a lush area crowding in on the bare track.

The Ghan at Manguri

Here it comes!

Five carloads of trainspotters 'greeted' the inaugural Adelaide to Darwin Ghan as it pierced the dark 3am night on Monday February 2 at Manguri , the nearest railway siding to Coober Pedy. Their shouts of greeting were lost in the desert air, as the train slithered its sleeping passengers northward.

Manguri is about 30km of dirt road from Coober Pedy.



03-417 Interim injunctions obtained against Maxwell John Reid and others

Tuesday 23 December 2003

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) today obtained orders in the Federal Court against Maxwell John Reid, who is disqualified from managing corporations by order of the Federal Court until 10 August 2036.

In seeking the injunction, ASIC alleged that Mr Reid was involved in attempts by International Meats Pty Ltd and Adelaide Granites Pty Ltd to purchase two other companies.

Mr Reid is restrained from being in any negotiations until 5pm on 17 February 2004 from engaging in conduct that contravenes section 206A of the Corporations Act 2001 and in particular that he be restrained from doing any act that forms part of the negotiations with respect to, or the purchase of, any business, company or asset by, for or on behalf of any corporation which:

ASIC also sought and obtained orders restraining, until 5pm on 17 February 2004, Noel Smith, Barbara Smith, Craig Hyland and Joy Aronsen, each of whom was a director of one of the above mentioned companies.

This action follows the commencement, on 17 November 2003, of contempt proceedings against Mr Reid in which ASIC has alleged that he took part in the management of Battstone Australia Pty Ltd (In Liquidation) and Australian Marble Pty Ltd (In Liquidation).

Australian Securities & Investments Commission. Reproduced with permission.


Reader's contribution

A man bought a donkey from a preacher. The preacher told the man that this donkey had been trained in a very unique way (being the donkey of a preacher). The only way to make the donkey go, is to say, "Hallelujah!"

The only way to make the donkey stop, is to say, "Amen!"

The man was pleased with his purchase and immediately got on the animal to try out the preacher's instructions.

"Hallelujah!" shouted the man. The donkey began to trot. "Amen!" shouted the man. The donkey stopped immediately.

"This is great!" said the man. With a "Hallelujah" he rode off, very proud of his new purchase.

The man travelled for a long time through the mountains. As he headed towards a cliff, he tried to remember the word to make the donkey stop.

"Stop," said the man. "Halt!" he cried. The donkey just kept going.

"Oh, no..."

"Bible...Church!...Please! Stop!!," shouted the man. The donkey just began to trot faster. He was getting closer and closer to the edge of the cliff.

Finally, in desperation, the man said a prayer..."Please, dear Lord. Please make this donkey stop before I go off the end of this mountain, In Jesus name, AMEN."

The donkey came to an abrupt stop just one step from the edge of the cliff.

"HALLELUJAH!" shouted the man ...




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