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Skani last won the day on February 6 2016

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  1. Skani

    Facing Deportation after 15 years in Australia

    Only if they were au pairs to a mate of Peter Dutton's.
  2. Skani

    Do you feel sorry for them or not?

    ....because China is extremely angry about Sweden hosting the Dalai Lama - only last week - and is using any propaganda to (try to) embarrass Sweden. Otherwise, in a country where Google is banned and all internet is censored by the government before reaching the public, no one would have known about it. For China to scream about "human rights" is laughable in its hypocrisy - especially in Sweden which is commonly regarded as being the strongest in the world in human rights and social inclusion. Good. That will save a beautiful country from being spoilt by over tourism - as is happening with so many other, once beautiful, destinations.
  3. Skani

    Do you feel sorry for them or not?

    It was Stockholm, apparently.
  4. Skani

    Fun things for non-drinkers and vegans

    You do know you can barbecue vegetables and fish, don't you? That's mostly my diet and it's never stopped me. The zillion and one things on offer other than bars and barbecues.
  5. Skani

    I don't think this is racism but.....

    Yes, there's obviously some interpersonal friction/dislike inflating a molehill into a mountain. Glad it's you and not me having to deal with it. "FFS ....just grow up!" would be my response. But that's what happens when you become a Grumpy Old Woman...and have had to deal with too much of this stuff.
  6. Skani

    I don't think this is racism but.....

    Pedantically speaking....an Australian criticising an Irish person for socialising with other Irish can't be racist because it's not based on race: it's based on nationality. But who socialises with whom out of working hours is really no one else's business.
  7. Skani

    Has Serena lost it?

    I have a friend in Melbourne who has worked as a driver for players at the Australian Open. He said she was always rude and arrogant in her dealings with him - much worse than any other player he had contact with.
  8. Racked up thousands more posts in previous incarnations.
  9. I'm not quite sure what you mean by "where to get it changed". Are you applying for a visa to work in Australia?
  10. It seems to be a mouthpiece for the real estate industry and the commissions of real estate agents. It seems to have no interest in the poor sods trying to buy or rent an affordable roof over their heads.
  11. Skani

    Confused about how health insurance works

    Me too! The first attack I had I rang the ambulance...not the 000 number, but I thought I should check...and they did send the ambulance to get me. Crazy, isn't it? Same state...but she was in Hobart...and it took her 20 months from GP to operation. She obviously should have gone to Devonport - she's a born and bred northwest coaster, so all the right credentials.
  12. Skani

    Confused about how health insurance works

    It varies tremendously between different areas in Australia so it's important to check the situation in one's own area if having to make the choice between going public or private. Two years ago I had my gall bladder removed. At the public hospital there was a minimum 5 month waiting list...and then no guarantee...it could be longer. As it was excruciatingly painful I was very glad I had the option of choosing private. A friend of mine was referred to a gynaecologist in the public system for constant and excessive bleeding. It took 2 months before she could get even an appointment with him ....and another 18 months before a hysterectomy. It affected her life so badly that she had to resign from her job. Currently in Hobart there is a minimum 6 month wait for a colonoscopy in the public system. That could mean the difference between a cure and death if bowel cancer is detected.
  13. Skani

    Advice on Launceston, Burnie and Devonport

    I think the only difference in living costs would be rental.
  14. Skani

    Stranger friendliness: AU Vs UK

    I've always found Sydney particularly brash and unfriendly (and that's speaking as an Australian). Other large cities may be similar now. There's definitely no lack of greetings/smiles when I'm out walking here in Hobart - but it's only a mini city really. Someone (from Melbourne) commented on PIO that they never talked to strangers in lifts. I was a bit stunned: I often do and my previous 3 supermarket shops had all involved conversations with strangers in the lift as we were wheeling out our trolleys. Two of them were quite protracted after we got out...one about cats and one about cars.
  15. Skani

    The weather 😁

    Hardly likely - maximum temp. 25 C there yesterday. Snow has only been recorded in Sydney once - in 1836!