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Posts posted by Marisawright

  1. 2 hours ago, Pendragon said:

    I am a Cornishman from a small village and I can relate to community, such as doesn't exist in Australia. As a previous post I made, I have been in Perth for over 13 years

    I think it's unfair to say village community life doesn't exist in Australia.  I'm sure you would find it in the outback and smaller coastal towns.  It has nothing to do with being Australian and everything to do with whether you live in a small isolated place, or a big city. 

    I had exactly the same problem in Southampton as you've had in Perth.  My sister had the same experience in another UK city.  It's the nature of big cities all over the world (unless they've swallowed up villages, in which case those villages sometimes retain their community).  

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  2. 1 hour ago, Wanderer Returns said:

    Maybe we are just more aware of the risks as we get older, and that more often than not they do not outweigh the reward.

    That may be part of it, but I think it's more about attitude. 

    When you're young, even if you think you've assessed the risks dispassionately, there's a tiny part of your brain that thinks "it can't happen to me".     But as you get older, things do happen to you!  When you're young, faced with a stunt that has a 1% chance of death, you're overly confident you'll be one of the 99%.   When you're older, you realise that 1% isn't 0%, so you think about it more carefully.   

    Also, when you're young, there are lots of things you've never experienced and you're avidly curious to know what they're like.  As you get older, you do risky things and quite often, they're not as worthwhile as you expected.  So it's not just your assessment of the risk that changes, it's your assessment of how good the reward is likely to be. 

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  3. 1 hour ago, starlight7 said:

    The cruises we have been on they seemed very, very careful  but the virus still seems to spread . They clean your room twice a day and there is that hand wash stuff everywhere.  They wouldn't let you go in to dinner unless you use it which we were happy with.  Nevertheless you get some who some argue and say they don't want it.

    The problem is that, as Tulip1 says, surfaces aren't the problem.  Early experiments suggested they were, but they saturated the surfaces in the tests, so of course it looked bad.   Under real circumstances, the virus degrades quickly, so you're only going to pick up fragments - not enough to cause infection.

    They now think the biggest danger is that the virus builds up in the air indoors, if the ventilation is inadequate.   When I've been on cruise ships, the indoors sections are all air-conditioned with windows that don't open - and we don't know what the mix is of fresh to recirculated air (it's obviously cheaper to use more recirculated air). This article explains it with some good diagrams:


    They thought the cleaner in Adelaide caught the virus off surfaces at first, due to the confusion over the pizza guy.   Now, they are sure she caught it by working in a poorly ventilated space.

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  4. 2 hours ago, MARYROSE02 said:

    If that was the case they would only send young blokes (and girls) "over the top" or into the cockpit of those Spits and ME109s. Perhaps they should have done that too?!

    Er...well, yes that's exactly what they did.  There is an upper age limit for soldiers.

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  5. 6 hours ago, noemia said:

    Thanks for your reply. We both have a Visitor (Class FA)Visitor (Subclass 600) expiring Oct 2022. After getting Contributory PR will have to apply for spouse visa which would take lesser time like 17 to 20 months?

    As others have said, you will have to wait 5 years before you are allowed to even apply for the spouse visa, after you get your Contributory PR.  

  6. 6 minutes ago, Kelpie said:

    Thanks @Marisawright.  I’ve come to the conclusion that a bog standard savings account and overpaying my uk mortgage are probably the best options. 

    I forgot about your UK mortgage.  Depending on the terms, paying extra into the mortgage is going to have a far, far greater impact than anything else you could do.  I'd be shovelling everything into that and just keep enough for emergencies in the savings account. 

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  7. 8 hours ago, MARYROSE02 said:

    Do you NEED to go on a pub crawl? What are the attractions of a pub crawl?

    @MARYROSE02, if bug family likes a pub crawl, that's his business, surely.  What right have you to tell him he shouldn't?  We are all different and we all like different things.   

    If you're trying to help bug family by suggesting things he could do to cheer him up, that's fine. However your posts are starting to come across as "How dare you not like Australia, you're just not trying".   That's not nice.

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  8. 12 hours ago, Parley said:

    It is not a stutter. It is early onset dementia.

    Thinking he was running against George Bush and always forgetting what he is saying is not due to any stutter. It is mental decline. Not his fault either of course, but shows he is not up to being President.

    So, every time you get someone's name wrong or get a word wrong, you've got dementia?  I could find lots of clips where Trump gets people's names wrong or can't get a word right.  Covfefe.

  9. On 15/11/2020 at 09:43, Kelpie said:

    I looked at this before and I thought there was a upper income limit but I might have been getting confused with the home builder grants.  I'm a bit nervous about tying money up in my super in case they change the rules but I'll have another look as it seems the most tax efficient way to save.

    @Kelpie, I just noticed this reference to superannuation.  Do not, under any circumstances, pay extra money into superannuation while you're on a temporary visa.    If you ultimately end up back in the UK, you will lose almost half of it in tax when you come to withdraw it. 

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  10. 1 hour ago, Dusty Plains said:

    Sydney has always had a higher rate of rainfall than Melbourne, and yes when it rains in Sydney ....it rains. Melbourne has traditionally more wet days than Sydney. No big deal really. The more rain for either capital, the better.    

    Yes, that's the point I was trying to make.  In Melbourne, I've had to get used to taking a jacket or packing an umbrella on a day out - because, like England, you never know when a quick shower might hit.   I quite like the variable weather in Melbourne but I think it would be a disappointment to many migrants who are expecting the sun-and-sand kind of "Aussie" weather.

  11. 13 hours ago, starlight7 said:

    Worst place for weather is actually Sydney because it rains so much there. When I think of it I have never been there when it hasn't rained heavily.  Ever. I have been there many times, too. Melbourne these days is too dry and we hang out for rain, especially once we get to Spring and Summer. I wouldn't want as much as Sydney gets though.

    When it rains in Sydney, it really rains. I remember the first time it rained after I arrived - I thought it was a monsoon!   I laughed when the weather forecast said "showers" because it always meant a friggin' downpour.  But that means the high rainfall is all concentrated into fewer days, so it's over with - and the other days are predictably sunny.  

    Now I'm in Melbourne, the nuances of "drizzle", "showers", "light rain" etc mean something again. And a shower can turn up unexpectedly.  It doesn't bother me, because one of the reasons we left Sydney is that I don't like hot weather. 

  12. 16 hours ago, restaurant.manager said:

    Hi @Hex and @Marisawright

    You both supposed to be very happy these day as immigration not granting much residency visas these days. This is actually, what you guys wanted.

    Stay happy

    I don't know why you think I'd be happy.  I told you the reality of what the politicians are thinking.  Soft-soaping you with false hope isn't useful.

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  13. 5 hours ago, MARYROSE02 said:

    You could be describing the suburbs of any Australian city, yes it is hot in the summer and yes people stay inside with their air con turned up  but the streets are not empty and people come out in the mornings or evenings. My brother lives in such a suburb - Spring Farm near Camden 60 km from Sydney itself not that he goes there very much.

    Most mums have their own cars and they usually get to know other mums on the school runs in the morning and arvo. If you have a dog, that is another way to connect to people. You always see groups of dog owners out in the parks in the late arvo/early evenings.

    Yes, it is also horrible to be "trapped" in a suburban house, miles from the nearest shops and with poor public transport.  I don't know what the answer to that is. 

    This is something that a lot of British migrants aren't aware of.  Britain doesn't have faceless dormitory suburbs to the same extent.  Many suburbs in British towns are long-established and will at least have their own pub, if nothing else.   To arrive in Australia and find the only thing you can afford is a wood-framed box in a suburb that doesn't even have shops (apart from a convenience store and a Chinese takeaway) is a shock. As you say, if you don't have kids so you can meet other parents through the school, it can be very lonely. 

    Most Australian cities have vibrant inner-ring suburbs with lots to offer.  Some have pockets in the outer burbs which have developed their own thriving centre.  And of course, if you arrived early enough (like Paul) to buy near the beach, you're laughing.  But those dormitory suburbs are the pits.

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  14. 5 hours ago, MARYROSE02 said:

    You qualify for SOME free treatment as a UK citizen but you might have to pay for some treatments. You can always go to A & E of course. I see that your visa has run out now so that might cause some problems. 

    @MARYROSE02, I am taking everything @ozuk says with an extremely large pinch of salt.  On other threads, he's said he's on a bridging visa for a Remaining Relative Visa.  That is not illegal. Unless he has withdrawn his visa application himself, there is no way that bridging visa could run out.  It will stay valid until his visa application is processed.   

    He has also said that he planned to live on the interest from his investments while on the bridging visa (since he's not allowed to work).  He had calculated the interest would be enough to live on - which means he must've had thousands in the bank.  Now he's claiming to be flat broke?  Something is definitely not adding up. 

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  15. 27 minutes ago, starlight7 said:

    Having an interesting conversation with my hairdresser today.  She is Vietnamese and said over there everyone would totally obey instructions re isolation etc ( hate to think what they do to them otherwise!)  We were contrasting that with the USA and Europe and UK where people are not so obedient .  We decided between us that those 'oppressive' regimes sometimes do have positives in situations like the pandemic ! Australia is somewhere in between- I think we are pretty obedient on the whole.

    I don't think I would use the word "obedient" about Australians.  I think, on the whole, people who follow the guidelines are doing so because they've listened to the experts and believe it's the right thing to do.   

    I think the difference between Australia and the US is that Australians have a healthy distrust of government - we don't take their word as gospel automatically, BUT we are prepared to listen and cooperate if we think it's justified.   

    Whereas the Americans I've spoken to, have lost all faith in their governments, to the point where whatever a politician says, they'll immediately believe the opposite. In that situation, trying to persuade everyone to pull together for the good of the community is almost impossible.

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  16. On 17/11/2020 at 18:08, simmo said:

    The Donald ahead of the curve again!



    Hmm.  The headline is misleading.  Anyone could predict that mouthwash would kill the virus in the lab, because we always knew disinfectant and antiseptic substances kill it on surfaces. That has never been in dispute - Trump was only ridiculed because he seemed to suggest doctors should look at injecting those substances into the body.

    But if you read the article, they talk about REDUCING the viral load in a person's mouth, NOT wiping it out. Annoyingly, they don't explain why that's so useful.  I guess it means people might get a less-severe case, which I suppose would be something. 

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  17. 18 hours ago, NicF said:

    Yep, full on proper lockdown with schools, uni, shops and non essential services closed.  Lots of panic buying today, which is ridiculous because supermarkets will be one of the few places staying open.  I did panic book borrowing instead because the libraries will be closed.  

    I laughed at the panic book borrowing because I did the same. At the time, they had already closed the libraries and you could only "click and collect", so I ordered a pile of books on the library's online system. On the very last day before the library closed fully, I got the notification the books were ready for pickup.  Went to collect them - but they could only find half of them. I can only assume they gave the bundle to someone else by mistake.  

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  18. 6 hours ago, Bamboozled said:

     It is very unfair that only exceptional people with 90+ points are being invited in.

     His partner is a phlebotomist which is not on the list unless we could go for a regional visa. It is very unfair that only exceptional people with 90+ points are being invited in. He has sent out his resume to 80+ employers with not much luck so far.

    It's not unfair.  Would you say an employer was unfair if he advertised for a job and then chose the best-qualified candidate?    Applying for a visa is exactly the same as applying for a job - it's a competition.  The points system is Immigration's way of finding the best-qualified candidates for Australia's needs.   Currently there are so many applicants with over 90 points, they're filling the whole quota, so they don't even need to look further down the list. 

    With unemployment set to soar, you can't really blame Australia for wanting to be very particular who they accept.  I know it's hard on families but at the same time, you still have the choice of returning to the UK with them, if it's so important to be together.

    Has he done the English test?  

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  19. 10 hours ago, ozuk said:

    I had sepsis back in March. I don't qualify for Medicare on a bridging visa A I'm afraid. Look it up. 

    Were you resident in the UK immediately before arriving in Australia?  If so, you are eligible for reciprocal cover under Medicare, regardless of your visa status.  Look it up. 

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  20. 8 minutes ago, s713 said:

    Melbourne always reminded me of Manchester, not as good of course. Plus, the weather is crap a lot of the time ...

    ...but not as crap as Manchester’s. Still, we do get cold, wet, windy weather so it can be a big disappointment to people expecting  a beach lifestyle 

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  21. A migration agent could check if you’ve calculated the points correctly but he’s going to need 90 points to stand a chance at a 189 visa. It’s not looking good I’m afraid 

  22. Hmm.  Just over 5 ft and you consider yourself an average height man.   You've had very serious health problems yet  you don't see why you need to worry about Covid.  And you're skint, about to begin living illegally in Australia in spite of having a 30 year bridging visa, and can't get Medicare in spite of being British.   Is it just me seeing inconsistencies in your story?

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  23. 16 minutes ago, ozuk said:

    Im puzzled. The vast majority of people who catch this virus have either no symptoms or very mild symptoms, certrainly nothing that would keep them from going about their day to day activities. When I had flu I had horrendous symptoms that kept me in bed for 2 weeks. I could barely get out of bed. I don't remember being told to self isolate or keep my distance from others. 

    Firstly, even people with mild symptoms can have long-term, hidden damage to their heart, lungs, brain or other organs.  It's called "Long Covid" and governments are worried, because sufferers are going to be an expensive burden on the health system for a very long time.  So they want to avoid people getting even the mild version if at all possible. 

    Currently there is no cure for Covid, so there is no way to prevent the above-mentioned damage affecting millions of people, other than asking everyone to keep their distance and take care not to infect others. 

    Also, the disease is deadly to the elderly and those with existing health problems. Those people can protect themselves against flu by getting vaccinated - so if you do choose to struggle on with the flu, you aren't putting them at huge risk.  But if you go out to the supermarket with Covid and cough on an elderly man or a child with a heart condition, there's a high risk you'll kill them.  

    I'm surprised I need to explain that.

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