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  1. 6 points
    Got this in the email, gave me a bit of amusement A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. "In light of your failure to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA, and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except North Dakota,and Utah, which she does not fancy). Our new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections. Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed. To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect: 1. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary'). 2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as 'like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of '-ize.' 3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday. 4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, counsellors, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse. 5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public. 6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour. 7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it. 8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar. 9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter or Guiness will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion. 10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialect in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater. 11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies). 12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries. 13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad. 14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776). 15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season. God Save the Queen!
  2. 6 points
    Hi Guys Finally I become Australian citizen Today . The virtual ceremony went for not even 5 minutes. It was simple and straightforward. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who helped with their experiences . I wish everyone all the very best for their respective journey . God bless All cheers
  3. 4 points
    The sunset colours were amazing tonight after a very cold cloudy day
  4. 4 points
    For an "own brand" this is right up there with brew dog. Lovely drop
  5. 4 points
    You shouldn’t underestimate the impact of the very recent bushfires disaster which caught Scomo off guard. He was highly motivated not to make the same error twice. It is to his credit that he learned from the previous disaster. I wonder if the political response would have been the same otherwise. Anyway, it was exactly the right response and Australians responded magnificently.
  6. 3 points
    After 5 days of rain, the butterflies are out sunning themselves.cheers, Bobj.
  7. 3 points
    Why is no-one defending him? Or Boris's (usual) lack of response? Are they appalled? Is it backing-the -wrong-horse-syndrome? Or do you not care? This is pure Nazi Germany before your eyes!!! You couldn't invent this.
  8. 3 points
    "Who cares..." About resigning "obviously not". The free rein this arrogant bastard has been given is unparalleled and dangerous. He's a un-elected loose cannon above both the Government and now the law. He's in a position even Putin must be envious of! But, for some reason, people think its OK. There's a concerted effort on social media to follow his lead and rebel against the lockdown, totally has my support, I'm out of here .
  9. 3 points
    I was homeschooled for at least half of each year all through my childhood and teenage years. Academically, I always did very well. Socially, I'd say it was a complete disaster, even though I have three sisters - so it wasn't as if I was deprived of company. The thing is, when you socialise within your family, the dynamics are different. You learn how to deal with family. You don't learn to how to deal with and accommodate strangers, and you don't learn how to make friends with new people. I did play with the neighbours' kids but I never felt I was fully accepted. They all had the shared experience of going to school. They had teachers and school buses and outings to joke about. They had "in jokes" I couldn't be part of. I hated sport and was glad to avoid it, but on the other hand, I never learned how to become a team player and that hampered me in later life. I still find that I put my foot in it in social situations, because I've missed cues other people would notice.
  10. 3 points
    some very valid points raised and now threatening countries around the world if they don’t dance to their tune . Time to stand up to the CCP
  11. 3 points
    School is about far more than education. It is about learning to rub along and work with people you would not otherwise be with. Learning that not all teachers are equal or even good at their job but still having to go to classes. It is all good preparation for real life. It also allows them to develop a wider social circle. I know I didn’t follow my peers in the UK by sending mine to a private school for this reason. Helped I add by the fact the local private school wasn’t really up to much and poor value and the local grammar school was excellent. But it did mean my kids mixed with a wider social demographic and I honestly think that has helped them become the lovely people they are today. It certainly didn’t hamper their education. One is now a lecturer and research fellow at ANU.
  12. 3 points
    last of the year I reckon, had thousands
  13. 3 points
    Hi all, We submitted medicals and PCC monday, and received comments this morning. It stated they are not in a position to finalise the application due to current processing priorities and restrictions in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their final note was “Rest assured, as soon as I am able, I will finalise the application”.
  14. 3 points
    44c on our terrace this afternoon and 35c in the shade . ( tried uploading the pictures without success ) What is the summer going to bring
  15. 3 points
    One side is intelligent and understands how trade deals are negotiated and how difficult they are, the other side is clueless. Isn’t that obvious?
  16. 3 points
    I would say we have common sense starlight. Most of us haven't been here long enough to have anything "bred in".
  17. 3 points
    My Australian life started in Perth on 3rd November, 1978, and I loved it but I could not get a job. I might have still been living there now If I'd got a job. I went over to Adelaide on the Greyhound after a month, decided to go back to Perth after a week there, then changed my mind again and went on to Sydney on an Ansett Pioneer bus. I went back to Perth in December, 2017 for the first time in 38 years and stayed there for seven weeks, mostly in South Perth (but with a few days in Margaret River). I liked it and went back again three month later. This time I stayed in Applecross, Northbridge and South Perth again, with a week driving down to Albany. That second trip was more of a reality check because I realiized that if I moved there (which I was thinking about) I wasn't sure if I could go through the "emigration" process again. I've got family and friends in Sydney but nobody bar one friend in Perth. She has invited me to stay which is tempting although the border is closed, seemingly forever more?! I still like it in Perth and if I was starting off I'd pick it over Sydney. I don't understand many of the criticisms of Perth. Too isolated? But it's five hours closer to Europe and with a direct flight to LHR. Who needs to go to "the Eastern States" on a regular basis? I rarely go to Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide. Homes seem to be cheaper than in Sydney and compared to Sydney's peak hour (which is seven days a week, twelve hours a day) driving is relatively pleasant. I did the same things I did in Sydney - finding cafes and pubs to go to turn into my "locals". English football is often on at an earlier time than in Sydney and I could get all the games in the casino if the pubs had closed at midnight. I guess it is all subjective though?
  18. 2 points
  19. 2 points
    Snagged a dragon on my walk, seemed a bit cool for him as well, so got another close up. Had this grey/blue skin , rather than the usual brown (you can see on his tail in second pic
  20. 2 points
    Same here bunbury. 25 today, cut the lawns and off for a ski paddle. We have rain forecast for Sunday and a few days next week. Sounds nice where you are mate, makes anywhere seem bettèr when the weathers good.
  21. 2 points
    He is. Thankfully the state/territory leaders stepped up to fill the void.
  22. 2 points
  23. 2 points
    Lovely isn't it Paul...... Like a UK heatwave [emoji6]
  24. 2 points
    Perhaps they've realised that the only reason there is a staff shortage is because these jobs have salaries below $25600 pa? Employers seem happy to grasp the laws of supply and demand when it means they can sell things at higher prices but as soon as it means they need to pay a proper wage they go running to ask the government to help. Perhaps they want the laws that abolished the slave trade to be repealed too?
  25. 2 points
    I happen to think he's the best PM we've had since John Howard. I've been saying he was the man for the job years before he got in. Don't know what Labor are playing at. Albanese is worse than the bloke before him. Maybe they just don't have anyone better at the moment. Mike McGowan is doing a splendid job in WA mind you. In the UK I like the early perfomance of Kier Starmer too. At last, a decent challenger. I think same there though. Boris was the man for the job and the time.
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