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NicF last won the day on January 26 2013

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  1. NicF

    How does the UK compete?

    In 2017 England had a population of over 55 million and South Africa had a population of over 56 million. I'm not sure that classifies South Africa as having a much bigger population than England.
  2. NicF

    How many quotes?

    This is only an issue if you go the shared container route. If you have a full container to yourself or use a move cube the shipping times are usually fairly accurate. Our container took 9 weeks door to door but we had a container to ourselves. You regularly see on here people who have used a shared container where the container sits waiting to be filled for weeks.
  3. NicF

    Why this obsession with being Australia?

    That's different from wanting to be Australian though. I am and will always be British but this has nothing to do with what team I support. Personally I like to support the people or teams I am familiar with but I'm not a massive sports fan so the people and teams I am familiar with are those I come across as I go about my everyday life - so headlines on the news or general conversation with those people around me. I find that I still support the British where I am familiar with the person, so will support Andy Murray over pretty much any tennis player, I would be cheering on Paula Radcliffe if she was to run a marathon and I'm happy that Lewis Hamilton is doing well in the Formula one. However the longer I live in Australia the less I know about British sporting people and teams and the less I find myself caring about how well they do. The sports people I am familiar with tend to be the Australian sports people so they tend to be the ones I will be wanting to do well. Often I don't even consciously choose who to support I just find myself wanting a particular person or team to do well. In cricket I often find myself supporting India over most other teams (and I've never even been to India) and last time I watched England play Australia I didn't want either team to win. None of this makes me any less British though. This idea of yours that someone has to support the team of their country of birth or they are somehow less of a person is a ridiculous one.
  4. NicF

    What's happening to Aussie sport?

    Australian women just won the world T20 championships. Beat England by 8 wickets.
  5. NicF

    Australia’s Best Fish and Chip Award

    Actually fish and mango go really well together. Crispy coated pan fried whit fish and mango salsa is one of my top summer dishes. Don’t think the battered fish would work but the crumbed stuff from fish and chip shops would.
  6. NicF

    3 months back in the UK

    Do you steam your own milk as well? When I was back in the UK last year I found coffees (cappuccino type coffees) from most coffee shops were tasteless. I did find one place that did a good coffee tasting coffee but the rest just tasted like milk. I know you can make your own at home but unless you have a proper steamer for the milk it’s just not the same as a good one from a coffee shop.
  7. NicF

    Waste bins.

    Depends on the council. Pretty sure ours were provided free for a new build on a sub divided block. I would get on to the council website and see if there is anything about it on there.
  8. NicF

    How were Meghan and Harry received in Oz

    Judging by the coverage on seven's breakfast program thing they went down a storm. At one point my youngest asked me to turn the TV off because the only thing they were talking about was Harry and Megan.
  9. NicF

    Is it OK to pay a Lady a compliment?

    I have a real problem with this. Equality is not just about women getting on an equal footing with men but also men having the same rights and opportunities as women. Everyone seems to talk about the workplace as a place for equality but it is just as important that men and women have equality in the home and child rearing. Why should it be assumed that if children are sick and need a parent at home then the woman stays home? Why shouldn't the father be the one to stay home? Why can't men have pride in a nicely ironed shirt that they have ironed themselves? Why does it have to have been done by the woman? Women are never going to get equality in the workplace if we don't make it okay for men to be the caregiver/person that gets to be home with the kids and do more in the home. As for giving compliments - it depends on how it's done. Treat people (men and women) with respect and act professionally at work at all times and you shouldn't have a problem. Except for those people who are permanently grumpy and take offense at everything - they are usually best avoided regardless of what gender you both are.
  10. NicF

    Which sun screen do you recommend?

    My OH and younger son (who is ASD with sensory issues and cannot stand most sunscreens) like the active sunscreen from the cancer council (in a grey bottle or tube). It has a dry touch finish which is much more pleasant than your average sunscreen. It's also supposedly water resistant. https://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/73231/cancer-council-spf-50-active-200ml-pump
  11. NicF

    Australia Cost of Living $200k + Not enough

    Actually this isn't far off the mark. My parents are baby boomers. When I was little, and they were in their late 20s/early 30s they were both working and had pretty much no money. As nurses they were able to get help from the government to buy a house, which was the only way they could afford to buy. We didn't have much in the early years - mum grew veggies and I have memories of eating meals of bones (literally cooked bones and we would eat the little bit of meat that was left on them with some bread and butter). My parents stayed in the house and as the years went by their earnings grew and the mortgage stayed about the same so they had more disposable income, which they mostly saved. More years go by and they were earning even more and still fairly frugal in their spending and they were in a position to buy another house and rent it out to my aunt. More years go by and my dad was able to buy another house and let my brother live on the top floor and used the bottom floor as an office. So now my parents are in that baby boomer category where they have a large amount of wealth. But they haven't always been that way and they got there by scrimping, saving and going without in the early years and continuing to be careful with money once they had some. If young people now went without in the same way my parents did they would be able to accumulate wealth in the same way. And they could certainly live off a hell of a lot less than $112k a year.
  12. NicF

    Confused about how health insurance works

    Figures are around $90k for single's and $180 for couples and families. Exact figures can be found on the ATO website.
  13. NicF

    Shame of Australia

    Solar thermal is probably more useful in Australia in the long term than traditional solar panels, with the advantage that the energy can be stored for up to 10 hours. There is a large solar thermal plant being built in Port Augusta and there are already two plants in Queensland and New South Wales. https://www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/technologies/concentrated-solar-thermal.html
  14. NicF

    Pain killers

    I think some people just don’t feel pain as much as others - nothing to do with being tough or having to cope, they just experience it differently. I know I have found on several occasions that I just don’t seem to feel pain that badly compared to others that have gone through the same or similar thing. I’ve had a tendon repair and only took a single pain killer immediately after surgery and didn’t take any after that, not because I didn’t want to take them but because I didn’t have any pain so didn’t need them. I’ve been the same with other procedures as well. On the other hand there are some people that just would not have coped in the situation you were in and would have ended up unconscious from the pain.
  15. NicF

    Snake catcher strangled by Python

    Pythons don’t really bite. They are not venomous and kill their pray by squeezing them, hence why the snake catcher had a lucky escape.