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  1. 4 points
    Nobody will ever know. Unless you post it on a forum...
  2. 2 points
    The contents of a 3-bed semi should easily fit into a 20ft container. 20ft might not sound like much, but it's only the length. Usable capacity is 32.6 cubic metres or 1,150 cubic ft it you want to keep it old school.
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    I think there was a point in doing that earlier but they didn’t and it’s obvious now that was a big mistake. It came late but late is better than never. A harsh lesson was learnt and acted on. I think the borders remaining open was a big mistake that cost the country dearly. Why that happened for so long will be a mystery to many I think. We had the big advantage of being an island but didn’t utilise that advantage.
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    This is very true, although there is some evidence from Japan that ‘forest bathing’ can have a positive impact on mental health. Then again there is also evidence that micro dosing of psychedelics can have a profound impact on depression without negative effects. I wish there was more political will to fund these programs to seek solutions but the “drugs are bad” mantra gets on the way.
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    Depends which state. In SA we can do anything not directly wired to mains, so can change plugs but not light switches. In QLD can’t change plugs. Not sure about other states.
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    Sounds like you should move to a nicer suburb if you can afford to? Maybe Kedron, Gordon Park, Wavell Heights kind of area where you can easily walk in the greenery, seek out bits of conservation areas etc. I don't find that drinking/eating to excess is the social life on offer in Brisbane: quite the opposite. There are stacks of outdoors activities and days you would want to be outside are far more numerous than in UK. Might be that some different medication or management strategies might help you. The mental health care here is excellent. do ping me a message if you'd like to discuss.
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    Short answer, no, you can't. You need a sparky.
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    We just bought adaptors for our things which is abit of a pain. Not sure if you can change your own plugs, I think there more stricter over here regarding things like that. Then again though who will know
  9. 1 point
    Bob, you should write this into a book, all of this part of old Australia is disappearing at an incredible rate and needs to be there for the next generation, I reckon you'd love "The Man Eaters Of Kumaon" by Jim Corbett, the biography of a young man in northern India at the turn of the 19th century, very much in the vein of your exploits, running a rail depot and hunting down man eating tigers and leopards, a world that is irredeemably lost, some of good some of it questionable by todays standards but all of it fascinating.
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    No one ever said it was, I think you misunderstood someone's post. To recap: I said that the UK could have closed its borders back in March, like Australia, because it's an island. Jon pointed out that there is a difference - goods arrive on the ships to Australia via container, whereas goods arrive on the ships to the UK in trucks. It wouldn't be practical to change that, so the thousands of truckers would have to be allowed exemptions. However, the UK could still have stopped all non-essential travel (as they pretty much have now) and introduced proper quarantine procedures, and that would have reduced the load considerably compared to allowing many thousands to arrive and also to transit through UK airports. LoopyLou claims that would be against EU laws but other EU countries have closed their borders too without any consequences, so that doesn't convince me.
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    Trucks bringing in supplies would be classified as essential work ,what was said about stopping trucks is simply not true in either country.
  13. 1 point
    that’s not too bad then... thanks really appreciate the info!
  14. 1 point
    Hi Toots - thanks for your concern. I have one sister who lives a mile as the crow flies from my parents. I saw her briefly on the evening I arrived as she came around with one of my step-nieces pretending to be the quarantine police. I was so tired that when I heard the doorbell go and heard all of the kerfuffle I thought it was for real! Mum is doing as well as can be expected. Both of my parents are talking as though Dad won't be here much longer but I keep trying to remind them that in 5% of cases a person with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer can still be around 2 years after diagnosis if the chemo works at holding the cancer at bay. My Dad looked really tired and painfully thin when I arrived but yesterday he was out mowing the lawn for 30 minutes and doesn't seem to have any noticeable ill effects today. I am trying to stop him doing too much and plan to take on the gardening heavy lifting. I think a positive outlook and trying to do things you enjoy can only help. You have to live with the diagnosis and not give in to it.
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    Australia’s record on treatment of refugees is appalling, I agree. What I’m saying is the UK also has failings and those reports into the Uk resulted from a UN investigation, not a voluntary admission from the UK government. To say all Australians and all British migrants living in Australia have no conscience is of course nonsense. As I have said before, I empathise with your current situation, but you appear to be misdirecting your grief into a rage at Australia and anyone who has the audacity to live there. Grief is hard and overwhelming, but it is not a valid reason to insult others. Like alcohol, social media is often best avoided when angry.
  16. 1 point
    It's not so much the income, it's the question of what would you do with the money if you sold? A rental property can be a good investment and if you've already got it set up, with good tenants, you have to ask yourself whether you could earn a better income anywhere else. If yuo keep the property long-term, then there will be capital gains tax to pay when you finally sell. But let's face it, if you're paying capital gains it's because you made a nice profit, so it's not all bad news. Pensions - @Andrew from Vista Financial is the man.
  17. 1 point
    And there was a transition period until 31 December 2020 when the free trade and movement of persons continued as agreed as part of the leaving deal....
  18. 1 point
    Hi Quoll Thanks for your care. I totally understand where you were coming from in not rushing back for a funeral. I know you got to spend lots of quality time with both of your parents in a place you love for several years and I am sure they both appreciated your care for them. I have managed to get to the UK and (like you were) I am loving being back (in spite of the difficult circumstances) and feel like I truly belong where I am. My stress related more to the fact that, with the new exemption process and lack of flights etc, it took a while to get out and my greatest fear now is not being able to get back to my family due to caps on arrivals. Two weeks in quarantine shouldn't be too bad as I can work remotely. I'll just treat it like a business trip, albeit rather restricted... My husband who is still in Brisbane has end stage chronic kidney disease and will start dialysis probably in May which made it hard for me to decide where to be but my husband was very supportive of me spending time with my parents. Fortunately my twin boys are 20 and daughter 16 and so they can help out on that front until I manage to return.
  19. 1 point
    I find 93.5 gives a slightly better experience. You should try it. You wouldn't believe the difference it makes.
  20. 1 point
    Hi All, I have received my golden email this morning. My medicals had expired but I was not asked to submit again. 186 DE Visa Applicant: 1 Onshore VIC Occupation: Management Accountant Nomination & Visa submitted: 18 June 2020 Granted - 19 March 2021 Good luck everyone.... hopefully you hear good news soon!
  21. 1 point
    Thank goodness for the common sense applied in Aus. Otherwise we would be in the same state as the UK, Europe and most of the rest of the world. Instead we've led a "normal" life with very few deaths whilst everyone else has been locked down and had to suffer a massive death rate.
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    If I'm looking at the correct form online (this one: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/967404/declaration-form-for-international-travel.pdf) the last box is: Other permitted reasons – please specify: Tick that one and tell them you are moving to Australia.
  23. 1 point
    Australians and permanent residents If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption. You can apply online but you must meet at least one of the following: your travel is as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid your travel is for your business/employer you are travelling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia you are travelling outside Australia for a compelling reason for three months or longer you are travelling on compassionate or humanitarian grounds your travel is in the national interest. You must provide evidence to support your claims. Requests may be finalised without further consideration if insufficient evidence is provided. Evidence may include: passport/s marriage certificate/s birth certificate/s death certificate/s proof of relationship (for example, shared tenancy agreement, joint bank account etc.)* proof that you are moving to another country on a long term basis such as leases, job offers and evidence your goods are being transported proof of your current valid visa, including in Australia and/or overseas letter from a doctor or hospital about any medical treatment/condition with statements on why travel is necessary letter from your employer, or other evidence that you are travelling for a business reason statement or evidence to show when you wish to return to Australia any other proof you may have to support your claims. I am happy with these arrangements.
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    I wasn't being funny. Gardens are fantastic for your mental health. A walk in the woods if you don't have a garden. Even indoor plants are helpful. It's amazing how better you feel after a good walk in the countryside.
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    They have been praying for it not just for the crops but to wash away the plague of rats and mice
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