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    Aged Parent + Only Child + Visas

    The UK Benefit system is complex and difficult to navigate, but this government link might help to signpost the type and level of support available. T x https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/money-work-and-benefits/benefits-if-you-are-over-state-pension-age/
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    Things I’d forgotten about the UK...

    You're right Parley, most reference sources make a point of mentioning that it is the unofficial anthem of Wales, which set me thinking about God Save the King/ Queen and whether it took an Act of Parliament for that to become the official anthem of the UK countries. Have to admit to not looking too hard but, I did come across a Royal site clarifying that the current anthem was first performed publicly in 1745 and 'became known' as the National Anthem at the beginning of the 19th century. Apparently there is no authorised version and the words are simply a matter of tradition. So on the face of it all UK anthems may be unofficial. T x https://www.royal.uk/national-anthem
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    Things I’d forgotten about the UK...

    Is it? The UK is a sovereign state but the nations that form the UK are countries in their own right and I've yet to meet a Welsh person who thinks of Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau as anything other than the official anthem of Wales. It is taught and sung in schools, and played at both prominent sporting and social events. If the purpose of a national anthem is to support and promote a sense of belonging or patriotism I doubt God Save the Queen would have the same impact. Tx
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Saijd Javid is on track to meet his forecast for 19th July with 48,553 new Covid cases reported in the UK today. Yet so far the Health Secretary is sticking with his policy of leaving it up to individuals as to whether they want to wear a mask or not from next Monday. Wales on the other hand will continue to require people to wear a face mask on public transport and in shops. The Scottish government has also confirmed an ongoing need for face coverings. There are many reasons why I am happy to live in Wales, but a First Minister who has cautiously and consistently put the safety of the people of Wales at the heart of his Covid response is definitely one of them. Tx
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I don't think it is always an over reaction. The UK Government website provides guidance on when and how to wear face coverings and includes: - avoid touching the part of the face covering in contact with your mouth and nose, as it could be contaminated with the virus - avoid taking it off and putting it back on a lot in quick succession As such anyone doing a number of errands, or visiting more than one person either in a professional or social capacity, would likely continue to wear their mask while in the car or walking. T x
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Yesterday's UK figures confirmed an increase of 35,707 Covid cases, the highest daily total since January. The Health Secretary for England has said he expects the numbers to rise to 50,000 a day by 19th July, a date labelled by the media and others as 'freedom day' due to plans to lift the requirement to wear a mask in public places and to socially distance. The proposed changes have been greeted with great enthusiasm by some and real concern by others. A number of medical bodies, health care professionals and trade unions warn that throwing caution to the wind in a bid to return to 'normal' is a huge gamble at this stage. A few more weeks would see the vaccination programme all but complete, reducing the risk of mutations and the possibility of vaccines being less effective against new strains (which are more likely to occur as cases rise). Whether the government will take notice at this late stage is debatable. We are in uncharted waters and the seas are decidedly choppy but, should the Welsh Government decide to follow suit for whatever reason, I will continue to wear a mask when out and about because in the scheme of things it doesn't seem such a big deal, yet the benefits are. Plus I'm reliably informed that most NHS workers would appreciate it more than a weekly handclap on the doorstep. T x
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I would like this twice if I could. Long Covid is the huge unknown. There is so little data, research or real understanding of the long term implications, particularly with regard to children. It feels as though the UK is part of a massive risky experiment, and it does worry me.Tx
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Things are slightly different in Wales and Scotland. The Welsh Government review is due on 15th July and, although the vaccine rollout has been very successful here, Ministers are still sounding a note of caution, saying that while we do need to move towards a stage of increasing normality we need to do it in a way that does not put people at risk. Wales has taken a very cautious approach so far, so whether the government will advocate abandoning the need to wear masks or socially distance in all circumstances is debatable. In Scotland legal restrictions change on 9 August, but the Scottish government has already said that there will be an ongoing need for face coverings. The real difficulty is how all of this works in practice as people regularly travel across 'borders' that are simply lines on a map, and many assume the rules are the same everywhere or don't apply to them . T x
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    Living in Australia and missing your family

    Your post set me thinking about the adjustments we make when close family move away, and I think it is maybe inevitable that relationships change. Everything shifts slightly, including expectations, needs, responsibilities and even how we reflect on some memories. The greater the distance, the longer the separation, the harder it is to maintain the closeness that daily familiarity tends to nurture. Any shared experience tends to be something that happened in the past, whereas current 'news' involves people we or they either don't know, or no longer spend time with. Each party becomes an outsider looking in, interested in catching up and keeping in touch, but separate. Maybe it is part of the price of emigration because even the frequently declared 'only 24 hours away' is impractical for all those little things, good and bad, that create the glue of mutually dependent relationships. None of this necessarily means that people care less for loved ones, or that they are forgotten, and when people do eventually get together it can often feel as though they were never apart. However irrespective of which side of the world we live, there is little choice but to get on with life and fill the gaps that the absence of loved ones create. But in truth, it would have naffed me off too HappyHeart. Tx
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    Ping Pongers

    I was interested, so checked out the context of the poll and found that in general terms a daily shower is not considered essential for good health and hygiene. It seems Dermatologists claim many skin ailments are aggravated by the habit, green campaigners question the negative impact on the environment, hairdressers warn too much washing strips the hair of natural oils, and a Professor of Virology is on record as saying that a daily shower could actually be bad for us as it strips away beneficial bugs that the body uses to to ward off infections. I guess it's all about balance, like most things in life. T x
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    You make an interesting point, and I do wonder how impartial and balanced the media focus on potential side effects of Oxford Astra Zeneca is. From an early stage AZ made a commitment to keep the cost of their vaccine low, with doses priced at $4 - $8 (USD) - far cheaper than any of the other vaccines, including Pfizer at $18-$19. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55170756 Still, if availability of cheaper vaccines increases for poorer countries as a consequence that's not necessarily a bad thing. There's a lot of truth in the view that 'none of us are safe until we are all safe'. T x
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    Is the UK’s weather massively underrated?

    You sound like my Mum, Jez. She was mightily miffed when she rang yesterday and I told her I'd got three loads of washing dry and needed to water the pots! But it just goes to show that for a relatively small landmass, the UK can experience very different weather at any given time. Lovely blue skies and warm sunshine here again today though - hope it's a bit drier for you. T x
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    Is the UK’s weather massively underrated?

    Is there a weather thread in Aussie Chat? While I have a passing interest in the climate and temperatures across Australia, I wouldn't have thought UK Chat was the best or most appropriate part of the forum for entire conversations on the subject. T x
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    Is the UK’s weather massively underrated?

    Anyway ...... back to OP ....... hopefully not speaking too soon, but the weather in the UK is beautiful just now and has been for a few days . The garden is looking good, the sky is blue and clear apart from the odd fluffy cloud, and it's lovely to sit out in the evening watching the bats swoop above our heads! Mid June should be the longest day but for now it still seems pretty light at nearly 10.00pm. Happy days T x
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    Things you miss about Britain

    I think this was true up until 25 years or so ago, but the opening of the Eurotunnel along with the introduction of regular cheap flights to Europe has made a difference and as fares became relatively cheaper the choice of destination expanded considerably. It's not unusual now for people to book a few days in Europe to celebrate birthdays anniversaries or just as a short break. And without breaking the bank most of our friends seem to have a main overseas holiday as well as several long weekends away either in Europe or the UK. Not so much in recent months of course but UK cottages and holiday lets are currently experiencing a boom in bookings which, in view of the consequences of the global pandemic, is a bonus for the local economy and possibly our health too. I appreciate however that not everyone is able to find the joy in a wet and cold weekend in the middle of a UK winter, or summer for that matter! T x