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  1. Marisawright

    How is Trump doing so far?

    It's disgraceful that people who voted in good faith should have their votes disallowed. It's not their fault.
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    How is Trump doing so far?

    I said nothing about his voice. I'm referring to his breathing. I'm an asthmatic so I notice when someone else is having difficulty with their breathing. Considering he was on oxygen for a while, it's not surprising if there is some leftover damage to his lungs, that's what happens with Covid. And no doubt, pushing himself so hard won't have helped his recovery. Not wishing him ill, just commenting that I don't think he bounced back from Covid as quickly as you suggested. I'm sure he's had the help of his doctors to keep ploughing on in spite of it, that's all.
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    How is Trump doing so far?

    Listening to him speak last night, he had a noticeable wheeze and had to stop for breath frequently. I'd say his lungs are still affected by Covid.
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    Moving back to UK - advice

    Leave on your Aussie passport and arrive in the UK on your British ones is the way you're supposed to do it.
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    Corona Virus

    Exactly. I can’t even begin to work out how you ensure the elderly get an acceptable quality of life while being excluded from normal society. However considering the alternative is lockdowns which cost millions, they could afford to throw a lot of money at it. I doubt they would though
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    Corona Virus

    The central fact in that article is that "There is a thousand-fold difference between the mortality rate in older people, 70 and up, and the mortality rate in children." I don't dispute that. The problem is that any country which has tried to protect the vulnerable and let the rest of the population live as normal, has failed to do so - and failed dismally. I think it would be a great idea if governments made a real effort to protect everyone over, say, 65 (to be on the safe side) - and I don't just mean people in aged care, which is a small fraction of the older population. And those efforts shouldn't just be "keep them imprisoned in their homes for two years until there's a vaccine". In reality, it would be far cheaper to provide quite luxurious services to the elderly and the vulnerable (while everyone else lives as normal) than to follow a lockdown strategy. But countries have just gone for the 'lock up the oldies" strategy, politely called things like "shielding in place". Or worse, they've taken the attitude that if you're over 70 you're practically dead anyway, so you can bloody well take your chances.
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    Excess Luggage

    If you haven't already chucked everything out, it might be worth looking into a Movecube - they're best-known for their large sizes, but they have a small one that might suit you and you could fit a few more things in for the same money.
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    Would you move to the UK now?

    You'll get that a lot. Just remember that they've got a distorted view, so don't let them influence you. Australians think England is more depressed and the weather is worse than it really is. When you get home, British friends won't understand how you could even consider returning, because they think all Australians live like the kids on Home & Away.
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    Premium Bonds

    In the current climate, where interest rates are so low, you can actually get a better return from premium bonds than you can from leaving your money in the bank.
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    The US Presidential Election Predictor

    Yes, setting things up so he could claim the vote was rigged, even though he had absolutely no evidence.
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    Foreign Resident tax on sale of UK property?

    If the person is an Australian resident for tax purposes, CGT rules apply as if the property is in Australia, as far as I know.
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    The US Presidential Election Predictor

    But as I said, the votes from the big cities haven’t been counted yet and they usually favour the Democrats, so Trump’s lead could still disappear. Too early to tell
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    ....but it did a deal with Australia to accept asylum seekers. Not sure if the agreement is still in force though.
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    The US Presidential Election Predictor

    @simmo, just realised that MSM is a the right wingers' label for the mainstream media. I'm channel surfing and I'm not seeing anyone failing to call states "where Biden can't win". Which ones are they? One thing you may be missing - Trump is ahead in a lot of states because the early votes are from the rural areas and country towns (Trump's heartland), where the votes can be counted quickly. But we know the big cities usually vote Democrat, and they're not counted yet - so you can't just project the result based on the early figures.
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    The US Presidential Election Predictor

    CNN currently has Biden 220 and Trump 213. Fox News has Biden 238 and Trump 213. The ABC has Biden 227 and Trump 213. Do make sure you're comparing like for like. The figures are based on projections and those can be achieved in various ways. For Australians, most analysts use a common method but you'll see different methods used in other countries (like the US).
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    The US Presidential Election Predictor

    What's the MSM - whose coverage are you watching?
  17. See, I think cream mixed into coffee tastes disgusting. And when we were back in 2015, I found coffee in the UK tasted like water with a splash of coffee. Thank heaven for Caffe Nero! It's what you're used to, I suppose. Here, you can ask for a long black, single shot with hot water on the side.
  18. I remember Vienna coffee, but I thought it was just whipped cream sitting on top? Like an Irish Coffee without the liqueur. I remember drinking Irish coffee in Swaziland in the early 80's. We had just arrived (my oh had a job there) and we were put up in a hotel for a couple of weeks. Meals were provided but not alcohol. We discovered that the hotel counted Irish Coffee as "coffee" not "alcohol", so we ended up having an Irish Coffee every night after dinner! I've never understood the idea of not having milk on a low-carb diet. I read one keto blog which said, "milk has 12g of carbs whereas cream has only 0.4g" - but they're comparing a large serving of milk to one tablespoon of cream! Comparing fluid ounce to fluid ounce, the difference is nowhere near that, so you could just as easily have a splash of milk as a spoonful of cream - and of course, cream has several times the calories.
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    Transitioning to a New Life

    The biggest shock, for a lot of people, is suddenly being friendless. You know you won't have family around you, but you've always found Aussies friendly, so you don't worry so much about leaving your friends. But it can be very hard to build a circle of real friends when you arrive in a new country as an adult. You'll find Adelaide folk are friendly, but they have their circles of friends that they established in school/college/university and they don't need any more, thank you - so although they're happy to chat with you as an acquaintance, you'll struggle to find real friends. It may take you a couple of years to be accepted.
  20. Where did you pick up that habit? I remember loving coffee with cream back in the 70's, in Carwardine's in Bristol. But the cream was served separately, you poured it carefully over the back of a spoon and if you did it right, it floated on top of the coffee and you drank the coffee through the cream. If you got it wrong and the cream mixed with the coffee, it tasted completely different (and horrible).
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    Moving to the UK in Weeks – Questions!!!

    Speak to your bank. I'm with Commonwealth and they switched me over to the Netcode system, so I don't need mobile alerts. It's a little dongle that generates codes. Several other banks have the same system as an alternative for people who can't use mobile.
  22. There's one important difference between you and bug family. Like I said, you are adaptable - you liked Perth, you liked Adelaide, you liked Sydney, you like Surfers, you like Penrith, you like various places in the UK - you're the ideal migrant, able to settle in a wide variety of places. Bug family feels a yearning for England. It's not rational, it's not based on whether a place is nice to live or not, it's a deep-seated need to be in the land where he belongs. Australia could be a paradise and it would make no difference. He could go back to England and discover it's a s*** heap and he would still be happy as a pig in mud. You may not have that strong attachment to a place, but an awful lot of people do.
  23. One thing that has changed since then is the British Government's crackdown on "health tourism", so they're no longer allowing British citizens living abroad to pop home to get free NHS treatment. You have to show proof of a permanent UK address now before you can claim benefits etc, I believe. I don't know what Canada's attitude would be to non-resident citizens flying home to get free treatment in Canada, but it would be very important for the OP to check. After all, though we all hate to think about it, we all die of something - usually something that requires very expensive health care - so that cost will be something she'll have to face at some point.
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    Moving to the UK in Weeks – Questions!!!

    Private health - is there even the slightest possibility that you might come back to Australia? If so, notify them yoúre going overseas and pause it for the maximum length of time. If not, cancel once you're in the UK. Why would you pay the medicare levy if you're no longer residing in Australia? It's like tax, you only pay for the part of the year you were living here. Phones: this guy usually has the best tips on money saving on phones and other stuff in the UK: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/
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    Sudden pull to move back to UK after 8 years in Aus

    But then again, I recall you posting about how you really liked Penrith (outer bogan suburb of Sydney).... Seriously, not saying Penrith is awful. But there would be very few people who would put it at the top of their list of choices - there are many far better suburbs in outer Sydney. What it says to me is that you are a fairly self-sufficient person and your needs are few, therefore you are easily pleased. Some of us are more demanding, which is probably a character flaw but it's the way we're made. And some of us need the bright brashness and stunning variety of a huge city, whereas others are happiest where life is more tranquil.