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BacktoDemocracy last won the day on December 4 2020

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    I know no one will care but...........

    Yes they are the relevant EU standards which the UK adopted.
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    Advice sought on exchanging GBP to AUS ahead of move

    Issues to consider Do have a visa that is guaranteed and are you clear about the difficulties of travel at the moment and how that might affect you if travel is a 'no go' for some months, would you re think your decision? there are a lot of unknowns about how economy's are going to fare over the next few months, would you rethink if the job market got tight in Australia Check also what regulations are about holding a big chunk of money with a currency dealer, I don't think that they are regulated like banks where the Govt guarantee to refund your money if a Bank goes under. I have a memory from years back that one of the Australian banks had a branch in London where you could open a dollar account if you had a visa but I'm talking 16 or 17 years ago, might be worth a check.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    'Skin in the game Syndrome '?
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    No they don't, but they often indicate whether there is an ability to identify facts and consider their validity in terms of the narrative presented
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    The difference being that most reporting In the Guardian is supported by verifiable facts rather than relying on opinions and are identified as such and even those opinion pieces are rarely derogatory and vindictive like those in the illiberal press
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    It's a bit like finding out that WHO have been telling the truth
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Because it depends on what is on the shelves out the back
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Ever heard of cars, buses and trains., the transmissibillity and infectivity of the variant from India is still not clear but seems to be substantially greater . Deaths in Indian cities at first and now were greatly amplified by the way labour are tied to their workplace but once people did flee it spread to the countryside and now there are almost zero stats so the world has little clarity about about this variant so any infections found will need to be extremely controlled and its unlikely it is being so as it pops up around the globe Australia seems to have relied on border control and quarantine alone, I hope that does work because because cranking mass vaccination programmes up maybe difficult. The UK’S failure to employ both options highlight the need for both to be deployed.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    I know of case histories of clients in 'therapy in their twilight years still wrestling with unresolved family conflict
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    I know no one will care but...........

    If its bannging noise it does suggest a plumbing problem, possible air in hotwater system, expansion and contraction in heating pipework or possibly loose cold water pipework vibrating as pressure changes in supply system
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    I know no one will care but...........

    About the noises, do you have the heating on through the night, if it is the expansion and contraction of the pipes can often make noises that you only notice in quiet of the night and heating may only cut in when the temp drops low at night, in our house that is certainly the case. Sorry to hear about your accident and glad for you that it was not more serious.
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    RIP Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

    The topic is the death of that Royal paragon, Prince Philip, not my supposed political affiliations
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    RIP Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh

    Because the UK is even more broke than Australia is and Australia has sun and warmth, it's a 'no brainer'.
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    The years that you can see 10 years ago where you can still pay into them , I believe, are years where the number of weeks paid are insufficient to make it a qualifying year and NI will allow you to make payments to top up that year only, that is based on our recent experience with my OHs account. I would be very careful about making any long term decisions based on present regulations, the UK government tinkers around with pension regs and NI contributions, lessening one side, increasing the other, at the present moment the cost of contributions is very low if you are out of the country but there seems to be plans afoot to make it a universal level contribution, we were told this when we topped up my OHs years from when we were in Australia . Also are you paying NI contributions for your wife in order to establish a pension for her in her own right, as again , from my own sketchy knowledge, if you died your wife's entitlements based on your contributions may be very limited. About the best decision I made was to continue paying NI contributions whilst in Australia when they were a few pounds per week as I have recovered all of that and more with a full index linked pension having returned 6 years ago
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Would you care to check it out. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/120315-crocodiles-bite-force-erickson-science-plos-one-strongest It seems so