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  1. 3 points
    I'm glad @Skani you haven't had it. Being a teacher I've had it twice, so I've had your share. You can thank me later! I can appreciate that some older and vulnerable people may still be concerned about covid, especially if they haven't had it, but those of us still stuck in the daily grind we don't really give it too much thought. In fact the other day the topic came up in the staffroom, and we all agreed that looking back it's hard to imagine the pandemic ever happened - it all seems like a bad dream. I don't wish to trivialise the fact that millions of people have died and many others are still suffering from long-term side effects, but as a society we've survived this one. I remember when I was a kid (growing up in the 70s) there was always some old-timer reliving the war. I imagine in 20 years time there'll still be a few people worrying about covid and wandering about the supermarkets in their masks.
  2. 2 points
    I'm older but I don't consider myself vulnerable but just in case I had a covid top-up recently just the same as the flu jab each year. I do see a few people wearing masks but I reckon they have covid and they still want to go out and about. The covid lockdown etc is just a distant memory now and as you say just like a bad dream though we did have it easier here than in many other places. Having long covid must be awful.
  3. 2 points
    I've only been to Glasgow once for a few days on a work trip in about 2004. The most memorable thing for me was a lady drinking from a can of soft drink and then aggressively throwing it down on the footpath. For some reason that stuck with me. On a busy street with shops most people would look for a bin but not her and she was happy for everyone to see.
  4. 2 points
    To be honest. $700K is a very affordable home. Most would be paying over a million in capital cities.
  5. 2 points
    Same here. As far as I know OH and I haven't had Covid. We know people who have had but it was fairly mild ...... like a cold. Both of us have the flu/pneumonia jab each year and just last week had the Covid top-up. My friend who felt really crook after her Vietman/Cambodia holiday had a Covid test yesterday and it was negative. She must have picked up some other sort of virus.
  6. 2 points
    I'm old enough to remember Glasgow long before the 90's. When I was in my teens it had a terrible reputation all over Scotland for razor gangs, violence and unsolved murders. I never lived in Glasgow but everyone was aware of its reputation. I worked in Balloch for 6 months in 1970 and used to go into Glasgow shopping and on nights out with my pals. I liked the city and there were some really great folk there. Can't say we ever came across any trouble at all. Maybe we were lucky. I've visited Glasgow since then a few times and liked the atmosphere of the place so I'm sorry it's gone downhill over the years.
  7. 2 points
    I'll stick my neck out here and say that after Sydney and Melbourne, the Cairns region has more fun stuff to do than anywhere else in Australia. And whilst it's hardly the Big Apple, the town is a lot more cosmopolitan these days with plenty of nightlife options to suit most tastes. You'll be coming at a good time of the year before it gets hot, and the water will still be clear if you fancy a trip to the reef. You should definitely considering hiring a car while you're up here, and acquiring a tourist map of the region. Here's a few ideas... Cairns Northern Beaches: Trinity Beach, Clifton Beach, and Palm Beach. Lovely palm-fringed beaches, perfect for swimming between May and October. Daintree Rainforest: Visit one of the world's oldest rainforests, and take guided walks, canopy tours, or explore Mossman Gorge for an authentic rainforest experience. Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail: Enjoy a scenic train ride on the Kuranda Scenic Railway through the rainforest and return via the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, offering breathtaking aerial views. Cairns Esplanade: Take a leisurely stroll along the Cairns Esplanade, a picturesque waterfront promenade with parks, BBQ areas, a swimming lagoon, and numerous dining options. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park: Learn about Australia's Indigenous culture through interactive experiences, performances, and demonstrations. Hot Air Ballooning: Experience a memorable hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands, enjoying panoramic views at sunrise. Cairns Wildlife Dome: Get up close to Australian wildlife, including koalas, crocodiles, and native birds, at this enclosed wildlife exhibit. Barron Gorge National Park: Explore Barron Gorge National Park, home to the impressive Barron Falls, with hiking trails and scenic lookout points (near Kuranda). Fitzroy Island: Take a ferry to Fitzroy Island, a tropical paradise with hiking trails, snorkelling spots, and a turtle rehabilitation centre. We honeymooned here! Green Island: As above, but a shorter boat trip from Cairns (and far more touristy) White Water Rafting: Thrill-seekers can go white water rafting on the Tully or Barron River for an exciting adventure. (This is 2 hours south of Cairns) Cairns Botanic Gardens: Relax in the lush Cairns Botanic Gardens, featuring a diverse collection of tropical plants and themed gardens (and it's free!). Crystal Cascades: Swim in the pristine waters of Crystal Cascades, a secluded rainforest swimming spot located just a short drive from Cairns. Paronella Park: Visit Paronella Park, a heritage-listed Spanish-style castle surrounded by gardens, waterfalls, and rainforest in the nearby town of Mena Creek. Port Douglas: Take a day trip to Port Douglas, a charming coastal town known for its Four Mile Beach and vibrant Macrossan Street, plus an amazing coastal drive en route. Cairns Aquarium: Explore the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet through interactive exhibits and marine life displays. Night Markets: Shop for souvenirs, savour local cuisine, and enjoy live entertainment at the Cairns Night Markets. Millaa Millaa Waterfalls: Discover the picturesque Millaa Millaa Waterfalls, known for its stunning cascades and natural beauty, located in the Atherton Tablelands region. Atherton: Explore the charming town of Atherton where you can visit local markets, explore historical sites, and enjoy the scenic countryside. (1.5 hours from Cairns)
  8. 1 point
    Looked at your link no video in that link did you see latest episode of Biden just walking off stage during giving a soldier a purple heart looking totally bewildered. I can’t see how he can continue
  9. 1 point
    She was probably "aff her heid" on drugs. Don't tell me it doesn't happen here too.
  10. 1 point
    Where's that? Where I live in Melbourne, a small 3 bed semi would cost you $1.5 million. Where I used to live in Sydney, $2 million.
  11. 1 point
    Has a professional migration agent told you it will work? Remember the cutoff for visas is 45 so you will have to get all that done before you reach the cutoff age. You do know that you need to be nominated in an occupation that is related to your qualification? I recall you saying there were no maritime jobs in Tasmania so how will that work? Also remember that you cannot usually get a visa with just a qualification. You need the qualification AND a minimum amount of work experience, and the experience must be gained AFTER the qualification. Any experience before you get the qualification does not usually count.
  12. 1 point
    Yes. Like I said, I know three people now, who've had long Covid for several months and not showing any sign of recovery, which is devastating as they're all fairly young dancers, so having energy and breathing capacity is central to their passion in life. I agree with this, too. In the US, Europe and the UK, where Covid was rampant for a long time, I could believe that almost everyone has been infected at least once by now. It would be too hard to avoid it. However in Australia, numbers never got to those levels and even when they were high-ish, most people were vaccinated (and before someone says, 'vaccination doesn't stop transmission', I mean it stopped people catching the virus). Although vaccination levels have fallen now, so people are at more risk of catching it, I think there's still a level of caution -- Tulip1 commented that in the UK, people go to work with Covid whereas I can't imagine anyone in Australia doing that. As far as I know, neither my oh or I have had Covid, although I haven't had a blood test to confirm so it is possible we've had it without symptoms.
  13. 1 point
    Agree 100% re housing affordability, it's a crisis that many (Most? All?) developed countries are failing miserably to deal with. Australia does seem slightly further down that road than some places in the UK but it was becoming very similar. There are 3 bed semis going in my old area for over A$700k, it's not sustainable.
  14. 1 point
    It varies greatly depending on suburbs. There are some suburbs you definitely wouldn't want to live in because of the crime rate, even though they have some beautiful properties. The median house price on Clifton Beach is currently $825,000, but even our area isn't without it's social problems these days.
  15. 1 point
    Same, I'm old enough to remember Glasgow in the 90's before they cleaned it up and made it somewhere you actually wanted to spend time, sad to see it sliding rapidly backwards. Used to spend many a night out in town in the 2000's, lot's of good memories of the Garage, Cat House, Shack etc. (even went into Bonkers one time!), nothing but empty units, junkies and homeless now. Almost couldn't believe how busy Rundle Mall was when we got here, reminded me of Buchanan street back in it's good days. The tax thing is great, I always get a laugh when my Aussie colleagues complain about tax rates here. Try 42% tax plus NII and your pension coming out of salary rather than being on top!
  16. 1 point
    Forecast to hit 30 here in Hunter today then down to 19 tomorrow The vines are springing into life again which is a great sight
  17. 1 point
    For anyone wandering (not sure if this post is even still active), today I was granted my Permanent Residency for Australia! We made the move here in May, and launched an application June. Just over 2 months later and it has all been approved! Any questions feel free to give me a shout!
  18. 1 point
    I've sent off my application for class 2 NICs, working up until we migrated in 2016. My wife worked until 2014, and then was a stay at home Mum until we migrated. She did get NIC credits over that period as a child benefits recipient. I spoke with HMRC about making voluntary payments, and they were unable to advise over the phone if she should be making class 2 or 3 voluntary contributions, and recommended sending an application in for class 2 for consideration. With a turnaround time of 44+ weeks for applications at the moment is it worth going through the process to try and get class 2? Or as I suspect it's clear cut that she can only get class 3 that we go straight to the paying for class 3? Thoughts appreciated, Cheers!
  19. 1 point
    I remember clearly the day I collected my girlfriend (now wife) from the airport on her first visit to Australia, and her exclaiming how clean everywhere was. She said "Australians must be very good a cleaning!" and I said "No, not really - there just aren't that many people here to s**t everything up."
  20. 1 point
    I didn't say that. I said people do die from colds. Usually complications from the cold, pneumonia etc, but the cold is the underlying cause. Please don't put words into my mouth. UK flu deaths are often 10k+. The % of deaths against total flu cases is irrelevant. A lot of people catch flu. True, 500,000 people die each year in the UK from all causes. So 10k+ certainly is no where near the top killer. But I don't think that anyone can deny that 10k+ people dying in the UK in a year is alot of people, and that's with a free Vax program for the elderly and vulnerable. So I think we should take flu seriously.
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  22. 1 point
    Beautiful blue skies and 30 degrees today. I have a meeting at 3pm and after that Im going to have a walk along the river and pop in to pub for a nice refreshing pint.
  23. 1 point
    Guess everyone's position is different. The only way I would ever move back to the UK is if most of my children went to live there but even then id say it would be very unlikely. At the moment 90% of my family is here and I consider Australia a better country so very little to gain moving. But it sounds like your circumstances are quite different....
  24. 1 point
    That’s rubbish I’ve been out and about this week midday in 30’ heat and lived to tell the tale
  25. 0 points
    16 year old girl that was at our horse agistment has it and can’t continue her schooling. Straight A student at one of the countries best private schools. Horse removed to a friends and we haven’t seen them since. Another life destroyed