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  1. 17 points
  2. 16 points
    I know no one will care but........ I received a call to say that the stem cells I anonymously donated on Monday were successfully transplanted into a young lady in France. Knowing just that lit bit of detail makes it all seem more real and I felt quite emotional hearing the news. Hopefully she can now beat her blood cancer or at least get a few more precious months and years with her family. Science is amazing and the Doctors, Nurses and other healthcare professionals who make such things happen are wonderful Bonne Chance Madame/Mademoiselle!
  3. 16 points
    No, what's in it? I'm vaccinated and, no, I don't know what's in it - neither this vaccine, the ones I had as a child, nor in Big Mac sauce or in veggie hot dogs, or in other treatments. Whether it's for cancer, AIDS, the one for polyarthritis, or vaccines for infants or children. I trust my doctor when he says it’s needed. I also don't know what's in Ibuprofen, paracetamol, or other meds, it just cures my headaches & my pains. I don't know what's in the ink for tattoos or every ingredient in my soap or shampoo or even deodorants. I don’t know the long term effect of mobile phone use or whether or not that restaurant I just ate at REALLY used clean foods and washed their hands. In short ... There's a lot of things I don't know and never will… I just know one thing: life is short, very short, and I still want to do something other than just going to work every day or staying locked in my home. I still want to travel and hug people without fear and find a little feeling of life "before". As a child and as an adult I've been vaccinated for mumps, measles, rubella, polio, chicken pox, and quite a few others. My parents and I trusted the science and never had to suffer through or transmit any of said diseases . I'm vaccinated, not to please the government but: * To not die from Covid-19. * To NOT clutter a hospital bed if I get sick. * To hug my loved ones * To not have to do PCR or antigenic tests to go to the pub, go to a restaurant, go on holidays and many more things to come. * To live my life.
  4. 14 points
    Iknowcb.. Found out I got first class honours in my degree, so super happy with that Graduation will be months away still though. Start my job next week so getting very nervous! Hope everyones going good??
  5. 14 points
    And after a long wait (having patience has paid off), we have received the email to confirm that the visa has been approved. Good luck to everyone here and I cannot thank members of this forum enough in keeping each other up to date and for being so helpful. All the best.
  6. 13 points
    Just an update for everyone. We have received the request to pay 2nd VAC yesterday. The email came through after months of inactivity, and we're thrilled. Now working to get the funds ready, and will be able to make the payment sometime next week. All the best to everyone here.
  7. 12 points
    my son has the result from the ultrasound … NO ABNORMALITIES … it is an infection … antibiotics prescribed … HUGE relief … but please gentlemen … a blood test once a year …it could save your life …
  8. 12 points
    Thanks all for your concern and thoughts. My daughter is feeling little better, she finally had the cardiology review and we have a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Still a way to go and lots of changes to be made, lifestyle adjustments etc. Started on a medication to help today, will see how it goes. All being well she will be home tomorrow with outpatient cardiology follow up.
  9. 11 points
    Merry Christmas from Tink and Benson IMG_7439.mp4
  10. 11 points
    Hi guys. Some of you will remember me, some of you won’t. I tend to dip in and out and ‘read and run’ these days. But I wanted to say that after 3 very long years I have just completed my nurse degree! I already have my English test booked for next month (to try and get as many points for a visa as possible). I know times are difficult and I don’t know what the future holds. Chances are won’t get PR from here, but will instead try for a 491 and then go for PR onshore. Time will tell but I’m closer then I’ve ever been before at making the move. [emoji3526]
  11. 11 points
    I drove Jacob's Ladder a few years ago but husband hadn't so we drove it on Saturday. Great views but a bit scary ............. didn't meet many other cars.
  12. 10 points
    I would never compare where I live to other parts of Australia or the UK with regard to Covid and lockdowns. Here, it has been a breeze. We've been out of lockdown for over a year. Do I feel restricted? No I don't. OH and I have been to Sydney and Melbourne in the last year. We have just returned from South Australia - staying with friends who moved from NSW. Am I chomping at the bit to go overseas? No I am not. I am bored stiff listening/reading about Covid. It won't be long until most sensible people here have been jabbed then all those who are raring to go overseas and people needing to come here can do so. Spoke to younger son who lives in New York last night. He reckons most of those going on about Australia and lockdown have just discovered where Australia actually is on the world map. Good health everyone and take it easy. Be nice to each other.
  13. 10 points
    Thanks! We have been very lucky, smooth flights with space to stretch out, maybe 60 people in Economy on the London - Singapore leg, and 20 on Singapore-Perth, including the entertainment of one guy in a CSI style full body suit Arrival in Perth was slow but smooth, with sanitiser & mask change / passport control / Navy checking you had a G2G pass / G2G details check with police (no mention of Australian Travel Dec, so I guess they check that at passport control via your passport number) / baggage collection / customs checks / Hotel bus check / wait for bus / bus escorted by 2 police cars to the hotel / Carries our own bags onto a trolley / hotel check in / escort by secutiry to lift / from lift / into room. And breathe. Very lucky with the hotel as well. the Hyatt with a river view suite. Kids beds are in the lounge but plenty of room generally. My lovely cousin brought us a goody box. Got some room service wine, and the dinner was pleasant. Only 13 days to go!
  14. 10 points
    @TheBs I am not sure exactly which enquiry you were as I receive many requests for assessments. The reason that I cannot advise the cost before assessing your specific situation is that each visa has different requirements and costs. Even within the same visa, there are different costs depending on the situation. As an example: A subclass 189 visa requires a skills assessment, an expression of interest and a visa application if invited. A subclass 190 visa requires a skills assessment, an expression of interest, a State application if invited and a visa application if invited. Each State has different requirements and costs. A 491 visa requires a skills assessment, an expression of interest, a State application if invited and a visa application if invited. Each State has different requirements and costs which are different to the 190 visa requirements. A subclass 186 requires a nomination application (where Training Costs will vary depending on the business) a skills assessment and a visa application. Further each assessing Authority has different costs and requirements. There are potentially other visa all with different requirement and costs. Even for a partner visa the costs will vary depending on many factors which will determine the amount of work involved. Visa lodgement fees are different for each visa and depend on the number and age of applicants. I deal with applicants almost weekly who come to me as they have been taken advantage of, misled and miss quoted. I just had to deal with a poor soul who was told by a so called overseas Agent that their occupation was in high demand in Australia, when in reality their occupation was on the short term list. So please don't make accusations on a Public forum where I have assisted many for free, for years, that I will "sting you with massive charges". I have never been accused of this in over 15 years as an Agent and thousands of successful application. If you want a one size fits all price based on no assessment of your specific situation, feel free to do so, but don't disparage me because I tried to do the right thing by you.
  15. 10 points
    . Got a nice surprise from the stock agency this morning. It's a fair while since any of my images pulled 3 figures! Redcliffe Pier (2) Kevin Dickinson 01 September 2021 Royalty-free Usage: RF 45 MB 5184 x 3045 pixels 2 MB compressed $ 225.00
  16. 10 points
    IKNWC but I’ve met some truly beautiful people via this forum. Some right A holes too but the beautiful ones make up for it.
  17. 10 points
  18. 9 points
    I really struggle feeling sorry for these people, when you actually read about this family, Mum CHOOSE to leave QLD to go and spend ski season with her friends and ONLY decided to try and come back when the house she was staying in was sold. She has been told she CAN enter QLD if she goes into quarantine like the rules state. Quarantine would cost her approx the same as around 10 or 11 weeks stay where she is now and can be paid off so she wouldnt need the full amount upfront... .IMO she is not a victim, she made her own choices to leave the State during a pandemic,knowing full well if there was an outbreak she would need to quarantine on her return and the border would be closed. https://www.smh.com.au/national/karrina-kemp-pays-585-rent-for-her-home-but-she-s-living-in-a-tent-at-the-qld-border-20210930-p58w3m.html Cal x
  19. 9 points
    I thought I’d update anyone who’s interested… we left quarantine on May 21st, rented an Airbnb, husband and I both got jobs within 2 weeks having spent our time in quarantine applying for jobs, In fact I’ve just started another job with more money than the first. After 2 months we applied for a mortgage using a broker and on September 17th we walked into our new house! it hasn’t been easy as I’ve applied for lots of jobs and got lots of interviews but all worth the slog. My 3 children have been in school since the end of May so settling in nicely.
  20. 9 points
    Putting aside the sadness of someone who spends forever trolling through posts to try and win a pointless argument for a moment. You said Marisa was happy to let other countries in a worst state have Australia's vaccines. What Marisa said was, that she felt guilty about having vaccines when other countries were in a worse state. These are not the same thing.
  21. 9 points
    Except that was not the start, and that is a ridiculous comment. The start was when they failed to lockdown early enough with the aforementioned PM missing 4 vital Cobra meetings while he tried to sort out a divorce settlement for his lastest wife and did not perform his job properly. They had millions of cases in February and March 2020 and Public Health England were overwhelmed to the point where they gave up on contact tracing, the borders were wide open and they were still holding the Cheltenham Festival and allowing anybody in, and anybody out. Mass super spreading through ineptitude, even the PM bragged that he was shaking hands with Covid patients and then caught it himself and nearly died. It was so good, it created a UK mutant strain which they then exported around the planet, whilst the main public complaint seemed to be that they could not go to the Algarve for their holidays so were going to fly to Spain and drive through avoiding pesky border controls. They ignored health advice to try and protect the economy, and destroyed both. Then they did it again. And again over Christmas 2020, then suffered another massive surge that killed another 60,000. Then when Delta appeared, they left the border to India open for a month because Johnson wanted a face-saving Brexit trade deal with Modi and he let 20,000 people into the country who promptly seeded Delta to the rest of the UK where it now makes up nearly 100% of infections. Australia shut the borders and cancelled all flights from India immediately to try and protect it's people, and that is why you are allowed in here today because the infection rate is not yet out of control. Australia's biggest weaknesses have been the terrible example of the countries like the UK and Trump's America, which is why they have tried to do the oppositie of what those clowns did, and they have successfully protected the lives of their citizens far far better. But you want to complain about freedoms...that's a bit of a cheek isn't it? The one person that deserves credit is Kate Bingham, rightly recognised for getting the judgement right on vaccine procurement and saving them from an even higher death toll. Some of these other political bastards should end up in jail, and nobody should be proud of anything they've done.
  22. 8 points
    Wasn't sure where to put this so figured here was an okay fit. We made it to Perth after 24 hours of travel, 3 flights and a lot of crazy spoiling in first class which was cheaper than economy by the time we got to booking our flights (I know, what a strange world currently!) It was crazy expensive but the extra space on the flights was worth it. Quarantine is going okay so far but dont quote me on that in a week haha (it's our first full day in quarantine). We got a good night's sleep and the room is decent if a bit small. My partner has an rrv and I am going to be applying onshore for a defacto partner visa in the next few days. We are lucky to have been able to get to this point and we are very happy to be here. Border staff were great, don't be shy about talking to them about your trip and your reasons for going etc. They're used to seeing tired travelers! I am happy to talk about the process and what its like in quarantine etc. I have seen a few posts questioning the process. It is going to be different from state to state and hotel to hotel so some of my experiences won't be as helpful or shouldn't be taken as going to or not going to happen. A few faq things: Yes you get fed in quarantine. You get 3 meals a day at a cost to yourself as part of the quarantine package you pay for. Though if you're in a self catering unit I don't know how that works as I am not in one. Yes you can order food and groceries in but they will not usually be delivered to you until they do a run up to your floor so be sure to time it with the meal or drop off runs. This also varies per state and area and hotel I believe so check your check in paperwork. No you cannot have visitors or meet up with other guests in the hallways. It's called quarantine for a reason hehe. No you don't get a choice of room or hotel etc. You will be assigned a place and taken to it upon arrival after some security checks etc. I hope this helps and puts some minds at rest. I will try and answer any questions but please remember that my experience will be different to yours and the rules will change or be a bit different state to state hotel to hotel.
  23. 8 points
    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 ....
  24. 8 points
    Amazing, since when have fox and breitbart been classed as civil liberty groups? When I went to Tas for a funeral, Tas Police would text a link once a day. I had to click on it, a map opened in the phone browser with my (the phones current location) that I submitted so that they knew I was where I was meant to be. Seems to be a lot better use of the Police's time and resources than making home visits.
  25. 8 points
    I am now a fully fledged member of the old gits club. The Bexley ex service men's club have kindly accepted me as a member
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