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    Birthday Greetings

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    Birthday Greetings

    Thanks everyone
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    Birthday Greetings

    Cheers Bob You're more on the ball than I am. I looked at my phone, half asleep in bed this morning and saw this thread title..I thought, what the hell, fake news, couldn't even remember what month it was, had to check my phone - 23.03 , Bobs right !
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    Near misses / this is it

    Just remembered another one. Early teens I'm guessing, I was trying to fix my desktop lamp, forgetting it was still plugged in. The electric shock sent me over the back of the standchair onto the floor
  5. Good to see England fight back from 27-9 to 58 all out at the cricket.
  6. Looking forward to seeing Lana Del Rey at the Riverstage in Brisbane next week with @The Pom Queen. I've been reliably informed that we'll be positioned a fair way from the stage, so hopefully we won't impact anyones view.
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    Nazi Dog?

    Slightly different, but still interesting and kind of related (free speech / comedians) is Louise Reay, the comedian who's being sued for defamation by her ex husband for material in her stand up show.
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    Add less than five words

    with tail between his legs
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    Nazi Dog?

    I watched a video of this the other day, although it wasn't the original and I'd no context. I wasn't particularly phased by the sieg heil, but when the multiple 'gas the jews' started playing, I thought it was appalling. Obviously if he'd been shouting that in the street , I don't think there's any doubt it would be considered a hate crime or similar. I gather the context was that his girlfriend was always going on about the pug being the cutest thing, so for a 'joke' he wanted to turn it into the least cute thing imaginable - a nazi. And at the time, he only had 6 followers on his youtube channel which were his friends. No doubt idiotic, tasteless but given the context, I wouldn't have thought a crime.
  10. Australia has been ranked 5th out of 80 countries for 'Quality of Life' in the recently announced 2018 Best Country Rankings. The results were based on a study that surveyed more than 21,000 global citizens from four regions to asses perceptions of 80 countries. The Quality of Life ranking is based on an equally weighted average of scores from nine country attributes that relate to quality of life in a country: affordable a good job market economically stable family friendly income equality politically stable safe well-developed public education system well-developed public health system. The Top 5 Countries for the 'Quality of Life' ranking: Canada Denmark Sweden Norway Australia
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    Migration Agents

    Hi James There are many good registered migration agents who post on the forum who I wouldn't hesitate to recommend. @Richard Gregan http://www.overseas-emigration.co.uk/ (Australia & New Zealand) @Alan Collett https://www.gmvisas.com/ (Australia) @wrussell http://www.pinoyau.com/ (Australia) @Raul Senise http://www.ozimmigration.com (Australia)
  12. Mercer has just released the Quality of Living City rankings for 2018. Mercer is a leading provider of data on quality of living for employees sent to work abroad. Ongoing research on the practicalities of daily life for these expatriate employees and their families forms the basis of their annual ranking of the quality of living in many prevalent assignment locations. Melbourne and Sydney have held onto their top 20 positions in Mercer’s annual Quality of Living ranking 10th and 16th respectively. Mercer evaluates local living conditions in more than 450 cities surveyed worldwide. Living conditions are analysed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories: Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc.). Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services). Socio-cultural environment (media availability and censorship, limitations on personal freedom). Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc.). Schools and education (standards and availability of international schools). Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transportation, traffic congestion, etc.). Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure, etc.). Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc.). Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services). Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters). The scores attributed to each factor, which are weighted to reflect their importance to expatriates, permit objective city-to-city comparisons. The result is a Quality of Living index that compares relative differences between any two locations evaluated. 2018 CITY RANKINGS Other cities outside the top 25 29 Adelaide 30 Canberra 37 Brisbane 41 London 46 Edinburgh 50 Birmingham
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    World Happiness Report 2018

    lol, Brilliant, more comedy gold from the Chuckle brothers. "WTF, the UK not top, BS aint it mate" Well, no, it's a 170 page highly detailed annual report by the United Nations, who, (and I realise I'm going out on a limb here) probably have no interest in rigging the UK Australia positions. and then, rather brilliantly, lets run with: 'interesting the top countries are cool' (lets put to one side the fact that if the results were a sliding scale based on climate, that would position the UK on the equator) "the top countries are cool, we're cool - bob's your uncle" except, and I really don't want to be the harbinger of bad news boys, the six determing factors are: levels of GDP life expectancy generosity social support freedom corruption I'm afraid the weather doesn't come into it. lol
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    Drive up to Ravensbourne

    Took a short drive out today up to Lake Cressbrook and Ravensbourne Only about 50km, nice drive out. Normally take the good roads when we go up that way but took a 4wd track today. Some snaps below. Lake Cressbrook Lookout at Ravensbourne The Drive up Tagging along for the ride ' Lake Perseverance
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    Brisbane Advice

    +1 We went to Singapore twice while we lived in Cairns. I thought Cairns was humid but Singapore is something else
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    Name the film

    The Shining
  17. Australia and New Zealand Top the List of Dream Destinations for UK Migrants in New Survey Given the choice, Brits are most likely to choose Australia or New Zealand as the destination where they would like to start a new life, results of a new survey show. The two commonwealth countries were jointly voted as the dream countries to migrate to in the PSS National UK Emigration Survey conducted by PSS International Removals. Unsurprisingly, English-speaking countries dominated the top five, with Canada taking third place and the USA bagging the fifth spot despite recent controversies. Thanks to its appealing climate and accessibility from the UK, Spain was deemed fourth in spite of the language barrier. European countries continued to make up the rest of the top ten with France, Italy, Cyprus, Portugal, and Greece all earning a significant portion of votes. When commenting on why they would be tempted to emigrate, better weather and lifestyle were common themes among the participants. Liam Witham, Managing Director of PSS International Removals, said, “It was not a big surprise to see Australia and New Zealand at the top of the list but we were surprised to see a draw. We help thousands of families relocate and in recent years the relaxed, family friendly culture that’s found Down Under has really appealed. The lifestyle of these two countries is exactly what families are seeking in the 21st century. “It was also interesting to see how the aspirations revealed in the survey differ from economic reality. For example, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates are two of the most popular destinations for UK international removals thanks to the booming economies but neither rated highly.” Economic opportunities in Asia and the Middle East have seen a growing number of Brits move to these regions in recent years. However, they’re not the first places that spring to mind when families are considering the locations they would most like to set up home. China and Hong Kong were named 24th in the survey, while the United Arab Emirates placed at 53rd. Liam Witham added, “Although it’s becoming slightly more difficult, there are still many opportunities for British people to start a new life overseas. Australia, New Zealand, and Canada are still keen to recruit British people in many skilled professions. Also, for the immediate future, there is still no barrier to Europe, so Spain, France, Portugal, and other Mediterranean countries are all attainable for everyone. “Over the next few years, it will be interesting to see how the impacts of Brexit influence the results of the PSS National UK Emigration Survey.” The latest edition of the report was built on over 1,000 responses gained from adults living across the UK through social media platforms. Correlating the information, PSS International Removals was able to identify the top dream destinations for Brits moving abroad. To find out more about the survey and see the full top 25 league table visit https://www.pssremovals.com/national-emigration-survey-2018. About PSS International is an independent, UK family run business that has over 36 years of experience specialising in helping people move from the UK to countries across the world. Last year PSS International undertook over 7,000 international household removals, making it one of the UK’s leading global removal companies.
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    Dog fighting

    Read something on FB a couple of months ago ( a screenshot of something someone else had posted) where the person was describing how they got their dogs by going through classified ads sites looking for dogs that are being given away for free.
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    New arrival accommodation

    Similar to above, we got a rental without having jobs when we arrived, just showed them bank statements showing we had sufficient funds.
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    Aussie weather

    Looking good for the week ahead
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    489 Family Sponsored

    Points remianed the same for the latest invitation round (21st Feb) Minimum of 80 points for the 489 and 780 points for the 189.
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    New guidelines suggest it's not a good idea to use a bug spray as a mini flamethrower to kill cockroaches http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-08/insect-spray-flame-thrower-causes-explosion-in-mt-isa-kitchen/9526452
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    wildlife photos - show us what you got

    I do like the lace monitors. When we used to live in Cairns we'd often see one on the tree at the side of the house.
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    PR with Type 1 Diabetes

    Hi Annie You can look up the cost of medication at http://www.pbs.gov.au/pbs/home (top right - PBS Medicine Search) @Richard Gregan (https://www.overseas-emigration.co.uk/) wrote an article for us at: It's worthwhile having a read.