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  1. Phoenix16

    What Book are you reading??

    Try it again, I tried many times to start it and gave up, when the final installment came out I gave it another go and just fell right into it, Thomas Cromwell is utterly fascinating in the book, you really grow to admire him and his tenacity, how amazing to have a family link, for that reason alone you have to give it another shot!! Xxx
  2. Phoenix16

    What Book are you reading??

    Another book comment! I’m currently besides myself awaiting the release of Troy by Stephen Fry, it’s 3rd November and just cannot wait... it’s the follow up to Mythos and Heroes, just love them, brings Greek mythology to the masses in the most entertaining way, both books 10/10 again!
  3. Phoenix16

    What Book are you reading??

    I’ve just finished ‘The morning and the Evening’ Ken Follet, a prequel to Pillars of the Earth, another massive tome to read but loved it and highly recommend!
  4. Phoenix16

    What Book are you reading??

    Kept me guessing right to the end! It’s a very large tome but I just didn’t want it to end, 10/10 for me xx
  5. Phoenix16

    Wanted to share my covid nightmare!!

    Can’t disagree! It was frustrating at the time!
  6. Phoenix16

    Wanted to share my covid nightmare!!

    I think the initial response to covid was very different in the UK as it was in OZ, they possibly just didn’t appreciate the tough approach OZ took very quickly in closing its borders, I believe borders were still wide open there for quite a few months after ours closed. I think the reference to the visa is that as it’s such a ‘vulnerable’ one there was simply no way to get back into the country, definitely not blaming the visa just wanted to highlight how, in such a unique situation, It gave them no protection, as we all know temporary visas don’t... it just all happened so incredibly quickly and I just wanted to share the story..
  7. So we have lovely friends who were over here on a 457, they were in between contracts for a month in Feb/Mar and decided to have a 4 week trip back to the ‘motherland’... they had vacated their house and left heaps of their stuff here (and I mean heaps) in the knowledge they would relocate closer to the new job on their return... and then covid went mad... I’m messaging initially to warn them they potentially couldn’t return and stay with us as they would need to self quarantine and I’m a nurse so clearly not here! I got messages back like ‘just off to the Lake District life is good, visiting old friends...’ I’m thinking they just don’t get this... my messages got more panicked like you really need to rethink your return them my message was the borders are closing... the new company contacted them to say If you can get to Heathrow on Saturday we will fly you back before the borders close and they were like oh we’re out and about visiting friends I don’t think we can get there for Saturday!! They just did not realise how serious it was here... anyway, they are locked out, the job has gone to someone else, we have had to pack 2 crates of their belongings to return to them, we still have a motor bike that they want returned to the UK and we are trying to sort that out, I can tell you it has been pretty stressful for us here. They feel pretty sad and upset at their situation and we miss them dearly but covid for us has increased both of our work demands (certainly not complaining, we are lucky) but organising all of their stuff has been stressful. Covid has also meant that my 6 months of childcare that was flying in June while I worked antisocial shifts for 6 months couldn’t happen, so the added stress has been managing it all between the 2 of us. Luckily the borders are closed and hubby can’t do his weekly flight to Sydney so I’ve been lucky in that respect!! Anyway, most are doing it worse and not complaining but yes, the dangers of a 457 very clearly highlighted in the worst way!!
  8. Phoenix16

    Right or Wrong

    I will also add that yes rules are there whether we agree or not, perhaps the situation was handled poorly, the father was clearly distressed and wanted to be with his child, quite rightly, but rather than calling security and making the situation worse there perhaps could have been some de-escalation tactics used, some negotiation around go and get a coffee, give me your number, we will call you and keep you updated, you can swap out with your partner and keep relieving each other for breaks, it’s a difficult situation in the current times, hospital staff should never ever feel threatened and if they do then quite rightly security should be called but I’m just thinking from what you have said that perhaps this could maybe have been handled differently.....
  9. Phoenix16

    Right or Wrong

    Totally agree, when my child was very young and having emergency surgery I had to be there no question but I was a mess of emotions, my husband was able to keep me calm so I could then be calm and reassuring for my child, he was a complete rock and possibly much help to the medical team keeping both mine and my daughters emotions at bay. Will add I’m a Nurse but when it’s your child I found my rational thoughts and knowledge simply flew out the window..
  10. Phoenix16

    Australia - be proud of yourselves

    I would also add that in the last few days driving to work mid day for afternoon shifts I’ve noticed the traffic is getting quite a bit busier and my daughters school is opening next week with some restrictions, it seems we are moving towards a level of normality within a closed state that is keeping the virus largely out. I’ve heard comments/rumours that we will start to reopen cafes and restaurants slowly but the borders will remain closed for the foreseeable future, the beauty of an isolated state!! Xxxx
  11. Phoenix16

    Australia - be proud of yourselves

    We are in total lockdown, state borders are closed into WA, and we have internal borders closed so we can’t really move around within the state. Some friends of ours on a 457 flew back to UK for a 4 week trip in March between job contracts, I was messaging them saying I think the borders are going to close, you need to bring your flights forward etc and got blase messages back saying it’s all good here we’re having a great time, off the the Lake District to catch up with friends... they are now locked out of Australia, new job contract has been lost (because they’re not in WA not because the job has closed down). They were even contacted by the company willing to arrange and pay for flights back within 24 hours to beat the border closure and they just did not seem to realise how serious it all was getting. It’s turned their world upside down with assets (car, motorbike, JetSki) all here, many personal belongings etc, that need to be shipped back or sold, they are still having to pay rego’s and insurance etc. but from my own personal experience of contacting them (it literally all blew up here within a week of them leaving), I think Australia reacted and subsequently acted much swifter than the UK did, and I’m incredibly thankful they did, our Covid numbers are a testament to this xxxx PS stay safe in the UK xxx
  12. Phoenix16

    What Book are you reading??

    I absolutely agree! For so long I felt overloaded by Tudor themed books, and I did think how can Thomas Cromwell be that interesting, so many pages..? And yet it is and how wrong am I! You are so right, I’m reading a great book but also getting quite a different and interesting historical perspective from what I’ve read previously, overall just really enjoying it and can’t wait to complete the trio xxx
  13. Phoenix16

    What Book are you reading??

    What was your overall verdict on the trio? I’m loving Wolf Hall after taking many years to finally pick it up! I’ve bought the other 2 books and just can’t wait to start them if they’re as good as WH. I’ve read so many reviews, many raving but others pretty scathing at times, however, for me I’m so enjoying reading WH. Will be interesting to see if the final instalment also wins the Man Booker Prize!
  14. Phoenix16

    What Book are you reading??

    I haven’t read it but after a quick google premise sounds interesting, keep us posted, I do love a good thriller xx
  15. Phoenix16

    What Book are you reading??

    I’ve had Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel on my shelf for a good 9 years, I stated it a few days ago and have to say I can’t put it down, I’m really enjoying it.
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