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    Maybe DYOR it’s out there This might help you as you seem to be struggling: On 21 October 2020, the ABC journalists Mark Willacy, Dan Oaks and Alexandra Blucher published a story that accused November Platoon, from Australia's 2nd Commando Regiment, of committing a war crime based on the single 'ear witnessed' account of a US Marine. The members of November Platoon have since written to the ABC and provided a 10 page letter addressing the provable lies and damage this article has and continues to cause our Veterans and families. We are calling on the Government to commission and Independent Review into this article to address the issues raised by the November Platoon letter dated 17 October 2021, and to assess the conduct of the ABC Journalists involved in accordance with the ABC's own policies, the MEAA Journalist Code of Ethics, and all other appropriate legislation.
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    It's because you are missing out on a number of key components such as being in the northern hemisphere, winter, darkness, cold days, Christmas jumpers and scalves, Christmas markets, British Christmas adverts etc etc ;d
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    There is something to be said for creativity and personality being stimulated from difficult circumstance, hardship and desperation. Treat em mean, keep 'em keen. Australia doesn't have as much of that as the UK does, but it's been cultural and economic policy in the UK for years to try and drive efficiencies through the class system. From that comes humour, character and personality as a defence mechanism. It's no secret that Liverpudlians are known for their humour, but it doesn't come from everybody being rich and living in comfort....it's been a mechanism to cope with life. The London Olympic's opening ceremony was perhaps the best description of British life I've ever seen, no other country on earth could have produced a demonstration of historical culture like that, but most of it came from ordinary people's creativity, experimentation and invention. The UK, certainly the music industry, isn't mostly populated by rich kids with the luxury to make a choice, it's dominated by people who had nothing at all and had to fight for everything they've had. Australia could never produce a Sex Pistols or a Beatles, because there is no cultural base born out of deprivation to enrich it. Australia is a wealthy country and people are overall, far more comfortable and secure than counterparts in the UK. It does lead to a sanitised, dull as dishwater atmosphere at times, because there is nothing really pressing that needs worrying about. Australians are generally well provided for, their societies are not overridden with crime, the provisioning for public spaces and facilities is generally excellent. They do not have much to complain about at all. That can actually become very boring and less stimulating than developing your character in much more difficult circumstances in the UK.
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    Just got pinged by the COVID app. Apparently I was in close proximity with someone who had tested positive when I was in Bluewater on Saturday. Just did a lateral flow test and it's negative and current guidance states because I am fully vaccinated I don't need to self isolate.
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    Hi Joseph , we applied for 870 in Jan 2021 we had our medicals at beginning of June 2021 . We were unsure whether to get them due to borders been closed but went ahead anyway . Received email for final payment end Nov 2021 which we paid and got our 870 granted on 1st Dec . Not sure why you need to resubmit docs maybe medical only valid for set length of time . Hopefully you get good news soon
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    I'm the British half of an "Anglo-Aussie" marriage. We had the same decision, luckily in our case I prefer living in Australia to anything in the UK. Quite honestly don't see the appeal of the place anymore just overcrowded and too hard to live the sort of outdoor life I love. So I would say there are better places than others but I can see that the drawbacks of Sydney (I don't live there now but have in the past) over some parts of the UK So it really was an easy decision my wife and I both agree that our children are better off here, they have regular contact with one set of grandparents and less so with the other of course. If there is family in each I would just make the decision for yourselves and try not to factor in family support. Many people say new mums want to be close to their parents for support, that's not for everyone my sister has also chosen Aus over the UK because she believes here is a better lifestyle. Bad places in Hertfordshire, sounds like Stevenage! If it is I wouldn't worry about offending anyone Lewis Hamilton has already done that!
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    Not if you choose the right city in the first place. Same as the UK, really. Some cities are great lively places and some are miserable dumps.
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    Don't think there was much snow around when Jesus was born.
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    Never really felt the Christmas feeling in Australia. Hot wine. German Christmas Markets, Snow, and so on. Some how floating in the Indian Ocean wearing A Christmas Cap, while funny to newcomers, doesn't replace the loss of a more authentic traditional Christmas celebration.
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    What a great read, very well written. Thanks for posting this.
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    You tell her that you acknowledge she is an adult and is now free to make her own decisions. And that you, as adults, have accommodated her wishes for a really long time but are now free to make your own decisions. Assure her that she will always be welcome where you are but that you are leaving and if she is still living with you that she has x weeks to find herself a new place. Start decluttering your home around her and get her to make decisions about packing up her stuff. Whilst you enable her behaviour she is not going to make a decision to run an independent life unfortunately. Start packing! She will either bite the bullet to be independent or she will come with you. Not saying it will be easy but she’s 24, many of us were married and gone well before that.
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    I don't think any of this can be put on the daughter, as at the end of the day we all brought our kids here and expected them to adjust to there new life in Australia. The daughter does have a choice though and it's either follow her parents back to the UK or she sets up on her own here and doesn't put any guilt on her parents if they choose to go back to the UK without her.
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    We did, but our daughter was very independent as we had lived overseas away from UK for a long time. She had traveled and lived on her own in other countries, she was in her mid 20’ and living in England, when we retired and decided to live in Australia. The unexpected bonus was she followed us to live in Australia. You never know how things will turn out.
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    But that's her problem, not yours. Right now, you are allowing her to be a silly, thoughtless girl, willing to sacrifice her mother's sanity for the sake of her own fear of change. If you moved home, she might manage fine on her own. You don't know until you try. And if she can't manage on her own, she'll follow you, even if she doesn't think (right now) that the UK is the right place for her. And very likely, she'd be surprised how well she settles in if you're there.
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    Cats are way smarter than dogs. They probably wait for Harry to go to sleep them take a dump.
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    Dealerships these days are mostly selling finance, it's what's keeps them in business as the profits from the vehicle sales are minimal. For the customer it's a status thing. My mate works for a Mercedes dealership and he sells almost all on finance....so most people driving these cars don't own them. Some of them don't have a garage to park them in, it's all about having the best car on a shitty street. The education issue is true, buying a depreciating asset that you borrow money for is crazy. He did "sell" one once to a professional footballer earning £18,000 a week. The footballer took in on a 4 year finance "offer" paying interest because he thought he was a getting a good deal.
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    Can’t look at that picture without hearing Benny Hill singing “Ernie…..”
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    Not yet ...still stuck in this dusty baron land......but I am working on it, trust me leaving here will be both the hardest and the easiest thing I have ever done, literally.........leaving my children takes my breath away But missing home and being able to go back and start another new adventure pulls me in the opposite direction I have mentioned before that I am returning but with a totally new career and new work area, (an ambulance trust in England somewhere, think big city), but even though I plan to work somewhere new, I also plan to save up and get a house (deposit and mortgage as I am broke:) in or around my home town in North Wales, so that I am not living and working in the same area on my days off (for mental health reasons due to the nature of the job), .......my point is I feel that I have a better chance of making this work as I am not 'going back' to try and fit into my old life, this is a new life .......and my children, after a period of time (which I have accepted will be very hard) will also have the chance of a new life and new adventures...I am not walking away, I am simply opening up new doors for them My job here in Australia really does put life into perspective, when you are around real sickness and death on a regular basis it makes you focus on TIME and how you spend it and more importantly how much you may have left..... The welsh have a saying noun: hiraeth (especially in the context of Wales or Welsh culture) deep longing for something, especially one's home. "I could not begin to put into words the hiraeth that the Welsh feel for the mountains and valleys of their homeland" Hiraeth is not something that you can explain as such, you either feel it or you do not, you do not even have to be Welsh or from Wales to experience it, the longing for home, wherever that may be never goes away ....
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    I've trained my cat to sh:t in the neighbour's garden.
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    Yes if the owners take the time and have the patience to train them. I've seen dogs going nuts chasing wallabies. The owners are shouting and yelling at them to come back but the dogs just throw a deafy. The hunting instinct takes over.
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    I am a dog lover BUT I'm very aware that not everybody is. Even I get fed up of people with an over enthusiastic dog who tries to make friends with everyone it meets including other dogs. My dog doesn't like over friendly dogs and lets them know it so the owner says "Oh he's not very friendly is he?" while their dog is panting and slobbering all over my dog. I just say "No he's not" and quickly try to walk away.
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    I do like cats, but they should definitely be in at night. I think I’m known as Mrs Grumpy around the lake, I’m so fed up with irresponsible dog owners who don’t abide by the clearly printed ‘all dogs on a leash’. They think it’s fine that their dogs bound up to me with an ‘it’s alright it’s friendly yell’. So I now yell ahead ‘put your dog on the leash please before it’s near me!’. Some posters might remember that I was knocked unconscious, ambulance to hospital and had concussion, by a dog running out of a cafe straight through my legs a few years ago., so I have a low tolerance level for dogs of leash, Unless in an area it’s allowed.
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    Wildlife refuges are inundated with native species killed or injured by dogs so it's not a matter of either or. I have 3 cats - 2 aged 17 and a 15 year old - who are free to roam in the garden, climb things, sit on the balcony, watch the birds outside the fence without attacking them - but not wander off the property. Before we installed the cat proof fence I lost one cat to a car, another chased by a dog and then hit by a car and one to snakebite. I would never place a cat in that risky situation again.
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    It doesn't mean you'll be microchipped, but collective psychological control through manipulation to promote similar robotlike actions is already here. The rapid advance of technology will undoubtedly mean inventions will continue and somebody will harness that technology to control people even more like another node of a chain. Isn't it already happening with the advent of technology, collecting up huges swathes of populations and manipulating them, albeit with a pretty basic set of ideas to control human response through coercive behaviour, then you will be able to predict their future behaviour and use them as tools? Look at Cambridge Analytica and the Brexit bunch, and the USA Trump elections ? Horrendous mistakes that have immensely damaged the countries and the very people who made those things happen....with the exception of the controllers who orchestrated it and have done very well thank you. The days of only coercing people who read newspapers or went to hustings is long gone, millions can be coerced by deliberately crafted viral campaigns, creating echo chambers and automatic and predictable responses to suit somebody else's objectives. You show those behaviours quite often...poke a stick in, try to get a reaction, link to a website that has been created solely to suck you in, then use you as a message spreader? Is there any righteous and productive reason for you doing that to benefit yourself? No, of course not, you get no real benefit from it but are programmed to agitate for no good reason. So to who's end are you serving? Susceptibility to coercion - Simmo v1.0, including the giggle. How can aomebody make a v 2.0 out of you? The power of independent thought is no longer promoted in preference to large scale psychological campaigns to sway populations into believing they're doing the right thing when they're doing what other people want them to, often to their personal detriment? The amplification is x 1000 compared to 20 years ago. The secret is to make them think the opposite to what their outcome will be and make them do it anyway. So that is your robot building itself right there.
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    @Robert Dyson- and your point being? Are you suggesting that it’s ok to kill as they are ‘just’ animals? Everything as an inherent instinct to survive. I purposely said ‘someone’ as the label ‘something’ allows total disconnect. @Parley- the relevance to me in that I live in Australia (currently) and I’m not hampered by a complete apathy to the wildlife that we share this country with. Kangaroos have to contend with habitat destruction, wildfire, traffic and people who choose to kill them to earn a dollar and farmers who see them as a pest. I believe that there is a nasty mindset - worldwide - of looking after number one and not considering others. Yes, bludgeoning babies to death is factual. Kangaroos are also looking for food as their habitat has been destroyed by farmers - think of the great areas of land, devoid of many trees, used to farm cows - and housing developments. It’s pathetic (in the true sense of the word) to see the yellow and black kangaroo signs in housing developments that was once habitat. I’m aware that the UK kills animals. I’m talking about an animal that we exploit for tourism, on the coat of arms, coins, Qantas etc and yet we savagely kill. Many of us are quick to pour scorn on so called ‘trophy hunters’ in African countries. How is killing native wildlife here any different. I’m sorry that you’ve digested the myth that there are ‘too many’ and they need to be ‘managed/culled’ - awful euphemisms. I wish more people would open their heart and be a little kinder to the animals we share this country (the planet) with. ‘We need nature, nature doesn’t need us’