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  1. 3 points
    All the evidence suggests it was not man made but evolved from bats. Conspiracy theories aside, that doesn't alter the potential that it was being studied in the labs in Wuhan and "escaped" - that's certainly a possibility. Blaming Fauci, a man who has spent his entire career trying to help people, and believing Trump, who has basically done the opposite....
  2. 3 points
    You should try working in a Government Department, Head Office. The mainstay of daily business seemed to be; the meeting. Its as though, in some cases, we were meeting for meeting's sake. Meetings seemed to be a social gathering rather than a means to get through the workload.
  3. 3 points
    I saw that interview. He was getting hot under the collar because he does not tolerate fools gladly and he was being asked some extraordinarily dumb questions
  4. 2 points
    There is clearly no point in arguing with you . Here is a reasoned article from a reputable source which puts a more balanced view, but I do not propose to waste my time any more with this: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01529-3
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    What I found was I checked my emails when I first got to work and then got stuck into work proper. The younger set would check their emails constantly, check their phones numerous times an hour and look busy. I used to get asked where I was at some gabfest meeting and someone would say I sent you an email about it. We worked in an open plan office on one floor and I checked my emails maybe twice a day. If it was important they could come by my desk in 2 minutes. I used to get in a bit early usually but always had a lunch break where, often, I'd go for a swim or run. Most of the others would sit in the lunchroom talking about gaming or work. I did the odd longer day when work needed doing and we stayed late but usually I'd be out of the office on time. Probably did cost me a little bit in bonuses but not much.
  6. 2 points
    Sensational scenes from Thredbo. Great start to the ski season.. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Thredbo.Snow.Forum/permalink/4315341468477868/
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    Look at it another way, people like yourself are keeping these hotels open and many workers in jobs. There could be a load more people claim job seekers without these arrivals.
  8. 2 points
    Maybe it's time for people to start joining unions again. My son is a FIFO sparkie and gets really good money. Long hours and I reckon they earn every penny they get. They wouldn't be on good deals though if it wasn't for strong union representation. The mining and oil and gas companies aren't paying them out of the goodness of their heart. Twiggy and Gina Rinehart would be a lot richer and their workers a lot poorer if it wasn't for unions. It amazed me over the last 20 years or so at work how the introduction of mobile phones made employers believe emplyees should answer when not at work, e-mails are even worse. Even more amazing was the way the younger people coming in to work accepted it as the norm? I organised a union guy to come in for a talk and hardly anyone turned up. They loved to complain about salary rises and how many extra hours they'd done but no-one wanted a bar of unions. The company liked to give everyone a different deal too, gave you a "private and confidential" letter with your rise in every year. Tried to keep it like a competition. Me and another guy about my age, old school, were showing our letters to each other and generally having a laugh in the lunch room. The HR boss lady got really upset, said you can't do that, meaning show each other our confidential letters. We just said we could do what we liked. She was so mad she was red in the face and stormed out.
  9. 1 point
    I missing cheap and fast postage.
  10. 1 point
    Perhaps, but on the flip-side, the majority (2/3) of early cases had no epidemiological links to that market at all (i.e., not a close contact of someone who went to the market). In fact, phylogenetic studies showed that all cases tied to the market had identical genomes while the other cases had more (albeit small, as in a single mutation) diversity. This indicates that the Huanan Market probably wasn't the origin of the virus, but merely a place where there was a superspreader event.
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    No email. You’ve got to check immi account daily.
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    They are supposed to have stopped experimenting with viruses (remember Porton Down?) but I agree, I'm sure the Russians and the Chinese are still fooling around with it.
  14. 1 point
    Because it fades the curtains…
  15. 1 point
    820/801 are applied for on the same date.The paperwork for the 801 (if required) does not count as a separate application.
  16. 1 point
    A bit of an update. I’ve arrived in Perth, all fine. It seemed the only one they checked was the g2g declaration rather than the other Australian declaration I had done. I’d still do both if I was doing it again though
  17. 1 point
    Indeed. What I just said does not contradict that, if you read it properly
  18. 1 point
    Just like people read the Sun or the Australian or Fox News and believe it because they want to.
  19. 1 point
    No I don't take the time back - it's my choice to do it. I'm up, i'd rather be productive and be organised for my day
  20. 1 point
    Someone actually went back because they couldnt get Robinson's Cordial!!!???!!!
  21. 1 point
    Do you ever take that hour back? In my role there's no strictly defined start and finish time. It's broadly up to me. I'm in charge of my own diary and allowed a good deal of autonomy as a professional. As my boss says, if you're too busy that's on you. You booked it in. It's generally accepted that if I work over one day I might take it back on another occasion. Very flexible which i try to remember when im feeling put on. I don't keep a strict tally of hours worked but have a general sense of where I'm at and dont feel guilty about taking my time back as and when. That strategy leaves me with less resentment when I'm following stuff up after hours or on my day off/weekend.
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    I usually get to work at 7am, with an official start time of 8am. I like the hour before anyone else is in to answer emails, review policies etc. I'm awake for 5am so don't mind being at work once staff start coming in from 8 I get people asking me things, meetings start at 8.30
  23. 1 point
    Me too. I know I have a good ear for accents because I'm very good at foreign accents - to the point that I've often been mistaken by French people as being French. Of course that's always on the basis of a few words of greeting or a question, and then my terrible grammar and limited vocabulary give me away! I think that "ear" is why I'm inclined to pick up on the accents around me and I adjust without realising it.
  24. 1 point
    Hi guys Finally its my day. I got my PR yesterday. But it was tough journey for me from 457 to 186 trt. Nomination and visa Applied Nov 2019 Nomination approved March 2020 S56 request same day March 2020 But no reply from the department till March 2021 S56 request position availability and proof of wage. New AFP as well. S64 invoice for 2nd vac in April 2021 And visa approved on 31 May 2021. Job Furniture maker. Thanks guys for helping me and other group members. I will you all get your visa soon. Pray hard. Its hard to wait but stay strong. God bless you.
  25. 1 point
    hi Loop, I moved back last July after living in London for 21 years. I am also an Aussie. I was born and bred in Sydney but on coming back, we decided to live in Queensland, on the Sunshine Coast. I wouldn't say it was a walk in the park, coming back. But worth it? Definitely, in our view. I'm a project manager by trade and it was probably the biggest project I have embarked upon, as we sold our house in london, shipped a container load of stuff back (including two vespa scooters), sent our two cats over and then had to get ourselves over here and into somewhere where we could re-group, then buy a house and get jobs. With all that stuff involved, we were expecting lots of pitfalls and glitches - fortunately for us, it was actually fairly trouble free though. Then on arrival, of course, we had to figure out all the processes here for getting drivers licences, tax file numbers, medicare cards, car registration, getting our scooters registered, etc etc. It was different for me being an Aussie than for my partner, who came over on a permanent visa and is British. Some of the rules for Aussies are different to those for immigrants. Fortunately I had a medicare number back in the 80's but to get it re-activated I had to sign a stat dec for the Medicare Dept to say I would never leave Australia again - bizarre, I know, but there is it. Luckily my dad had kept some of my papers for all those years and so I could find my old tax file number. Something to be aware of once you get back is to sort out your medicare and to also register with a private health fund within 12 months of doing so, esp if you are a high income earner, to reduce your tax and health costs in future. I've just been sorting all that out this week. You need to get a Lifetime Health Cover letter from Medicare to confirm you've lived o/s. The letter gives you a date by which you need to join a private health fund to avoid paying a big excess. Otherwise, if you are over 30 (I think), you get slugged 2% for every year after age of 30 that you lived o/s (didn't pay into a health fund) once you do join. E.g. if you are 40 but don't join a fund for a few years after you get back, once you do join you would technically have to pay 2% extra for 10 + years. Its ferocious. Plus you have to pay 1% anyway if you earn above $77k and don't pay into a private health fund. (Two separate taxes.) I believe this 2% levy only applies to returning Aussies (ie. not immigrants). I'm no expert in this area and would suggest you make it a priority when you get back to sort it out. Any of the private funds can explain it to you (better than I did above!). It was the lady in MBF who told me to go to Medicare asap and get the above letter. I got it on the spot once I showed my medicare card, seems to be pretty standard thing to request (if you know about it!). Beyond govt stuff, my general observations as a returning Aussie: - British men are far more polite - on the whole, Aussie men don't tend to wait for ladies to enter or exit lifts (or trains) before them, hold doors open, do other courteous things that British men seemed to do as second nature. Its just something I've noticed. - Food costs about the same, though the quality of fruit and veg and meat is far far better (stands to reason though, huh) - internet, telephone and cable / satellite tv costs loads more on the whole than UK costs - council tax here seems to be less, petrol / cinema / parking definitely is - on the whole, my take home pay for a similar job in Brisbane to what I was doing in London is about 20% more and after setting aside money for mortgage, bills, food, etc we still have money for savings etc. - So I would say that where the cost of living is concerned, its swings and roundabouts and depends on your lifestyle but for us, we are probably around 10% better off than we were in London - Work can be hard to get as employers take no notice really of your non-Aust employers, cv, etc. Many seem to take people on as contractors / casual and then decide after a bit whether to offer you a permanent job. Probably sensible when you think about it, from their view. Depends what line of work you are in. - Another thing I've observed is that Aussies tend to be far more into pommie bashing than Brits are into Aussie bashing. Living in London all those years never once did I hear of anyone bashing the Aussies apart from jokingly re sport. Yet here there sadly still seems to be a bit of an anti_Brit undertone among some people, its odd. My partner, a Brit, had a terrible time when she first started working here, almost bordering on xenophobia. It took a month or so before it died down a lot. Maybe its Aussies testing Brits out, don't know but it wasn't pleasant. We've slowly settled into a lovely home, right near the beach and in a beautiful part of Australia (well, we think, anyway). We've almost been here for a year now and its only been in the past couple of months that we really do feel a lot more settled. Finding friends and meeting up with people - fellow ex pats especially - has helped loads. Going out to surf clubs and having picnics with them, etc. Also setting up routines and making our house a home. But overall - if London in 2010 was the same as London in the early 90s, we probably wouldn't have left. The reasons for us moving back were mainly around the fact that London had become too overcrowded, too dirty, too violent and too over controlled (e.g., congestion charging). We wanted to move somewhere that gave us those freedoms and peace of mind again and Australia seemed like the logical choice as I am an Aussie. But it wasn't about the heartstrings pulling me back, best of luck, regards sg -
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