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  1. Eera

    Camping and Caravanning in Australia

    Ended up putting in an order yesterday; 15 foot in travel position, expands out to 19 feet with electric annex etc. Looking forwards to getting it and actually being able to get away in wet season - aircon, hurrah! March is ETA at the moment.
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    Aircon queries?

    Or just set it to dehumidify instead. Depending on where you live just taking the moisture out of the air makes a massive difference and it doesn't get too cold either - I find aircons generally are way too cold but by just drying out the air it becomes pleasant, and it costs much less to run as well (caveat: I live in the tropics where you can chew the air in summer, don't know how well this works down south but give it a go - you never know)
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    Aircon queries?

    Actually, from memory it was the return pipe that was icing up, and that was because the internals were filthy and the fans weren't effectively blowing the cold out so the refrigerant returning to the compressor was still cold. It was the comprehensive clean that sorted that issue.
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    Aircon queries?

    If it's icing up it's technician time, we had that issue, I can't remember what it was but it was an easy fix - might have been low refrigerant. Also often just cleaning the filters isn't enough - especially if you've got one near to the kitchen; you need a periodic proper clean when the tech basically dismantles the unit and hoses it out. Doesn't cost much, about $80. The amount of crap that comes out of them is amazing.
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    Camping and Caravanning in Australia

    Does anyone have a hybrid camper? Looking to upgrade from our camper trailer because where we are, dry season is kids' sport time, and wet season is basically our free time - and packing up wet canvas in the rain is miserable. The relative compactness and outdoor kitchen appear to me more than a full size caravan does. Going down to the caravan expo at the Ekka, end of the month to check some out.
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    Holiday plans - where to ?

    Our NZ ski trip was cancelled a couple of weeks ago (probably for the best, since found out Remarkables are only currently operating lifts on weekends and school holidays). Instead we transferred our credit to Norfolk island in late October. We are supposed to be skiing in japan in January but I'm not overly hopeful that's going ahead; and next year I'm booked to go on a photography trip around Galapagos islands and Atacama Desert, but again, I'm not hopeful that it's going to come off. Instead We are thinking about going to the places in Australia that we've talked about going but have put off because we could go overseas instead - Kimberley, Lord Howe, Winton etc.
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    Aircraft fleets

    They would have originally assigned the aircraft to the route a long time ago. Once the flight dates are actually near they'll likely just use whatever is going to be most economical for the numbers booked. Looking on Plane Finder they are currently using 777s on the DXB-PER route.
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    Aircraft fleets

    I just found out I can do that with Plane Finder. Never liked them simply because discharging 550-odd people at a time caused huge congestion in immigration; and when you looked out the window all you see is wing. Super impressed with the A350 though.
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    Aircraft fleets

    According to The Points Guy (as of 4 days ago when the article was written) every A380 in the world is currently grounded apart from those operated by China Southern.
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    Sunset/sunrise Photos

    Took this pretty much bang on a year ago in Chile. One of my favorite photos.
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    Day to Day Diary of Coronavirus/Covid-19 2020

    I lugged close to $20k worth of microscope home to do work, found it was far more fun (and really distracting) doing macro shots of dead bugs instead. Arguing that it's teaching the kids science, but in reality it's me mucking around.
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    Rent to own?

    https://www.realestate.com.au/advice/rent-to-own-home-schemes/ Seems like a lot of hassle with a lot that can go wrong. The article points out that you're not on the title, if the landlord goes under and the house is repossessed you'll likely lose what you've paid; and should you not be able to get finance at the end of the rental contract you will lose what you've paid as well. It also says that generally you need a deposit to sign up, and may be required to pay maintenance and insurance etc. Doesn't sound too dissimilar from a mortgage without the security of title.
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    Horses in Australia

    It was one of those dumb "how did that happen?" things. I was dismounting him in a flat paddock and as I touched the ground somehow my ankle rolled and fracture dislocated both tib and fib. Othopaedic surgeon said it's the sort of injury they associated with high impact sports like speed skiing, I did it dismounting a still horse in a flat paddock! No long term effects though; luckily didn't damage the cartilage and have had the pins removed since. No loss of motion either.
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    Horses in Australia

    here is is in the blue bandage. At one point we had three horses with bandaged legs in the same paddock; The Field of Broken Thoroughbreds it became known as. For the itch I used to use permiterol solution; it was diluted in a spray bottle and just applied to him while grooming, it also kept the bot flies off him. I had groomed him about an hour before this photo, big bugger loved muddle puddles!
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    Drug and Alcohol certificate

    My bad, I misread that she *needed* to get D&A, rather than needed *training* to perform D&A. $650 seems to be about the standard; a quick look and you can get various permutations from $500 to $900. To go back to the question, if you are employed on the grounds that you have certification to undertake the test and it's a condition of your employment, it's your expense. If you get a job and they then ask you to do the training to extend your areas of work, generally it would be your employer's expense. As an analogy, we employ people on the grounds that they have X qualification, if they don't, we aren't going to pay for it. Once they have fulfilled that requirement any additional training they need to perform the work we require of them, we pay for.
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