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    Happy New Year everyone I hope all your dreams come true in 2021. What are your plans for tonight? We are staying in, I presume it will be the same for a lot of people this year.
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    Hubby and son were playing beer ping pong and had lots of fun, they then went on to play Jenga which with Robs shaking and the son drinking up after losing in beer pong was fun to watch.
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    We have one in the lounge and one in the bedroom, the lounge one really does work, the bedroom one I’m sure it’s faulty but I suppose it’s something you can’t really tell.
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    Steve Smith is without doubt the stand out batsman of the last decade in test cricket.....I can't stand the bloke (from a cricket perspective) because he is the reason we have lost recent series to Oz.....bowling is quite good at times tho.
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    It would be the same in any country, They will say here who won but obviously people are interested in the Aussies so they publicise that the most.
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    I guess we are used to wearing the masks in Victoria and it also protects you from colds and flu- virtually no flu this year which is a big plus. I will continue to wear one in shopping centres at least as do my fellow Victorians. i don't wear one out walking, they are annoying and too hot but if instructed to do so I would. They don't tell you to wear one for fun, there is medical evidence that they do help. Even in 1918 they realised that ..
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    His reputation currently, and for the last two years or so, has been especially solid. Only this week the ICC named Steve Smith as the Greatest Test Player (male) of the decade. His batting average is 63. Presumably you think otherwise?
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    No one was complaining, someone just made a comment that others replied to and Marissa picked up on it . I haven't seen anyone who has said they have a problem with mask wearers and here in QLD seeing someone wearing one is rare, so to write that which is pretty much what Ramot and MR did ,shouldnt really have needed dissecting and questioning in the first place tbh. Unless instructed to wear one its a personal choice and with next to no covid in QLD right now, most people deem it not necessary. Cal x
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    Marisa I'm glad to hear you are wearing masks in riskier situations. To everyone complaining I have this to say: Coming from a country that has suffered from COVID, I find it upsetting that people are having to justify why they choose to wear masks in the midst of a global pandemic. I find it even more upsetting that its the people wearing them rather than those not that are looked down on. Does everyone know that a mask doesn't protect the wearer at all? The wearing of a mask is for the protection of those around you, it does next to nothing to protect the wearer from others. So next time you see someone wearing a mask don't think "Oh my God they are going to give me COVID" instead think "Thankyou for wearing that to protect me, I appreciate it"
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    Add political correctness, identity politics and climate change to that list.
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    There's been a lot of nasty publicity about the mistakes made in setting up hotel quarantine, HOWEVER the fact remains that in spite of all those mistakes, it worked well. The WHOLE outbreak arose from only ONE family in hotel quarantine. One. So it's a media beat-up. Other states also used private security guards and NSW still allows staff to work on covid and non-covid hotels at the same time, and they've also had the occasional breaches. The difference was not in the efficiency of quarantine but in the contact tracing once a breach occurred, which was not nearly good enough in Victoria. NSW is being held up as the gold standard, so I guess we are going to see if it's enough to get the current outbreak under control. I don't know what Queensland's contact tracing capability is. There has been no community transmission at all in Melbourne for 60 days. There has been no coronavirus detected in sewage for more than two weeks. So Victoria is now every bit as safe (or not safe) as Queensland. Therefore if you're not worried about large events in Brisbane, you shouldn't be worried about large events in Melbourne. Like I said, I only wear a mask on public transport and when I go into a shop. I have my own cloth masks which are comfortable and easy to wear, and I wash it after every wear. Maybe it's being overly cautious as you say, but who is it hurting? Why does everyone get so exercised about the idea?
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    I remind you that there were no active cases in Melbourne before the big outbreak, except in hotel quarantine. There had been no active cases in Sydney for several weeks before the current outbreak, except in hotel quarantine. So Queensland, right now, is in exactly the same situation. If an outbreak happens, you'll have no idea until the infection has been out in the community for at least a week, probably more. How many people will be infected by then, if everyone has stopped taking basic precautions? It's good to know people are still socially distancing, signing into venues etc on the Sunshine Coast. I noticed in another post, you mentioned a limit of 2 people in the lifts. What alarmed me was MaryRose mentioning 8 people in a lift in his hotel, and seeming to imply there were no real restrictions there any more. As for mask wearing - in Melbourne, we only wear them now when social distancing isn't possible, or when we're in enclosed public spaces like public transport and shops (because Covid can concentrate in the air in those places). It horrifies me if people are being made to feel silly for wearing masks in Queensland (by "that look"). What if it's a nurse or a hotel quarantine worker, who's wearing a mask as a sensible precautionary measure (since they're working with Covid sufferers every day)? What if it's an immuno-compromised person, who knows they'll die if they catch covid, so they feel more comfortable wearing a mask? What a nasty thing to do, to make them feel bad about it.
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    You can have a look at this to give you a bit of an idea. Wollongong/Illawara area and the Newcastle/Hunter Valley area. https://www.seek.com.au/clinical-psychologist-jobs/in-Wollongong,-Illawarra-&-South-Coast-NSW https://www.seek.com.au/clinical-psychologist-jobs/in-Newcastle,-Maitland-&-Hunter-NSW
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    Psychologists are ten a penny in Australia so she probably won't have any problems finding a job once she's leaped the AHPRA hurdles. If she gets full registration she will be good to go but it might find it a bit more difficult if she only gets provisional registration because of the extra pressure on the organisation for additional supervision etc. She's not likely to get a job before you move so find the place you want to live then apply for the jobs - either of the places you mention are likely to have opportunities. If she joins the APS they have a sits vac section so you can see what the demands are in both places.
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    That 2nd innings in the first test was an anomaly. These things happen sometimes. They are obviously a much better team than that indicated. They basically had 1 bad day which lost them the match.
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    Yes, some of them have. There used to be a private section of the forums called MBTTUK ("Moving Back to the UK"). There were several people on that forum like Quoll, who moved back and were very glad to be home. Some of them even left their partner and family in Australia. And you are right, they were saddened or angered by their partner's attitude and that's basically what destroyed the relationship.
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    But it is the same though, even after 32 years....I have this argument time and time again, people say that the place will have changed after a long period of time, therefore it is some fantasy land that you must be living in and yes time and progress will change an area to a certain degree, the building of new areas and more infrastructure etc, but the overall place has not changed, the mountains I looked at in wales are still there, the rivers are still running, the beach is still the same, the hedgerows, fields and old church yards are still there they have not changed
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    Jersey, very nice. Love the Channel Islands.
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    Best if luck with your new life in Jersey, would love to be returning to the uk. Maybe one day!
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    I came across the term genetic memory a while ago and a current thread in UK Chat reminded me of it. Basically there's some evidence to suggest that human behaviour may be influenced by events passed down through our DNA. I've attached a link to an old BBC report that goes into a bit more detail but, if memory can be passed between generations, could this go some way to explain the sense of belonging many identify with, but fail to rationalise? T x https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25156510
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    This certainly seems to be true for animals other than humans- thinking of birds in particular and their patterns of behaviour. We had a currawong we used to feed when he came and sat on a tree near the back door. We fed him at a certain spot just outside our back door. He died but now his children come to exactly the same spot. Think we are on about the third generation now. Just one particular spot, nowhere else.
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    I promised to update people about our 804 application when anything happened. Well, we reached the head of the queue on September 10 this year. The queue date calculator had gone completely haywire - and still is. It has not moved since last June. At the time it alleged that there were 880 people still in front of us so we thought that we still had a year or two to wait and the final request for documents reached us in England where we were on holiday. As it turned out the Parent Visa Centre were very helpful and extended their deadline to allow us time to get back to Oz, Everything then went smoothly from then onward and we actually got the visas on December 16:biggrin:. We first applied in September 2006 so total waiting time was a shade over seven years. We did not use an agent. The final medical was much less daunting than we expected. We both got satisfactory reports despite having the usual ailments of people in their seventies. The biggest delay at the final stage was caused by Centrelink who took their time about approving our Assurance of Support. Given that the queue date calculator no longer works I suggest that anyone who had less than 1,000 people in front of them when it stopped working can expect to hear something within the next few months - the Parent Centre has now closed for Christmas. Regards
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    It does not seem to be possible to apply for the 804 visa from outside Australia so everyone who has applied for this particular visa has used some variation of this procedure. The important thing is that you can only apply for the visa if you are legitimately present in Australia for some other purpose. I was here on a 410 (temporary Retirement) visa when I applied for the 804 but that route is now closed so just about the only way for an elderly person to be legitimately present in Australia is as a tourist. If your in-laws come to visit you they can legitimately enter Australia for the purpose of tourism on a tourist visa. If they then decide that they like it here and wish to stay permanently there is nothing illegitimate or illegal about that and they can apply for the 804 visa provided they satisfy the other conditions - balance of family etc. If all goes well they will be entitled to a bridging visa A almost immediately.This allows them to stay in Oz until the 804 application is settled - about 8-9 years at present. The bridging visas will not take effect until their existing visas - the tourist visas - expire so they can travel in and out of Australia freely as tourists until then. Once the original visas expire they will need a bridging visa B to go on holiday outside Australia. This is difficult to arrange but not impossible. Reciprocal Health Care cover (RHCA) is about equivalent to the NHS in England. The main thing not covered is treatment in private hospitals (or private treatment in public hospitals). I have relied on it for years and found it perfectly adequate. If you don't think the cover is good enough then several of the insurance companies offer visitors' health insurance, although it is fairly expensive Regards John
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