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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Apparently 75 is the upper age limit for a first donation (i.e. any time before your 76th birthday). Provided you do your first one by that time, you can keep going as long as you like after that, provided you meet the other criteria: https://www.lifeblood.com.au/faq/eligibility/other/age
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    You might also ask how we know this, given that the BSE outbreak was less than 50 years ago? The answer is that it's based on what happened with kuru in PNG, which is a similar disease with a similar etiology: https://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20060623/mad-cow-symptoms-emerge-years-later As mentioned earlier, vCJD seems to have peaked in the year 2000, and there haven't been any known cases since 2016, so hopefully it's over now. The only caveat is that there is some evidence that some people might be genetically predisposed to develop symptoms later than others (according to that article - I'm strictly an amateur here).
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    As I understand it there is still a similar ban in the USA (don't know about other countries): https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/how-to-donate/eligibility-requirements/eligibility-criteria-alphabetical/eligibility-reference-material.html ... which also says that people [who would otherwise not be eligible to donate, in particular minors] can donate blood "in situations where their blood has special medical value for a particular patient such as a family member".
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Yes, interesting. There have been 178 vCJD deaths in the UK according to the link I posted earlier. A back of the envelope calculation then says that the chances of developing the disease are only about 0.6% even if you are infected. Comfortably less than 1% anyway. Random googling suggests that there's also a genetic factor in whether you develop it or not.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Oh that's interesting that it can only be diagnosed definitively post mortem. I wonder if it's being under-reported due to lack of autopsies? Given that CJD is so rare I'd guess that anybody who dies of it will be autopsied, but maybe not? Yes it would be interesting to find out why they've made this decision right now. Presumably they've assessed that the risk of giving somebody vCJD via a transfusion is so low that it's outweighed by the benefit of having more blood available. I read somewhere that there were only ever 3 confirmed cases of it being passed on via a blood transfusion, so the risk is very small - but a very small risk of a terrible harm of course. I guess medics and public health people have to make that kind of calculation all the time, one way or another - the response to covid being a case in point. I don't know if I'd have the mental strength to be a nurse. Where would we be without you all?
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Mad cow disease, BSE, is specifically variant CJD or vCJD, which is indeed extremely rare. There have only been 2 deaths from it in the UK since 2011, and none at all since 2016. That's about 0.00004% of all deaths in the UK in that time frame. The deaths peaked in the year 2000 and have fallen away to, let's hope, nothing since then. https://www.cjd.ed.ac.uk/surveillance/data-and-reports - click on the Latest NCJDRSU CJD Monthly Statistics link for the latest figures. I'm also looking forward to giving blood again!
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Heard a Powerful Owl hooting just now. I guess insomnia has some compensations, though I'd still rather have the sleep ...
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    I know no one will care but...........

    The roads here in coastal NSW are starting to look very much like that after 2 or 3 months of heavy rain.
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    Wordle (and other word related games)

    One of us has started doing Octordle. That way madness lies. I landed today's Semantle in 108 guesses! That's one out of two so far. Like Wordle but based on meaning rather than spelling.
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    Wordle (and other word related games)

    Yes, that's on the ever-expanding list of things that we do. Between us we do Wordle, Quordle, Nerdle (long and short forms), Worldle and Panga. Which kind of defeats the point of it being a quick puzzle that you do once a day and then get on with the rest of your life, but there you go.
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    Residents Return Visa

    I'm not an agent, but my understanding is that it's 730 days out of the last 5 years, and doesn't have to be a continuous 730 days. Full eligibility criteria are here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/resident-return-visa-155-157#Eligibility
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    Residents Return Visa

    I agree with Marisa. If it was me I'd just wait until I could get the 5 year travel facility, given that you're not far off qualifying for it anyway. Also I'm assuming that "my existing initial 5 year visa" is shorthand for "the existing 5 year travel facility on my current permanent visa"? As far as I'm aware you can't get an RRV if you're on a temporary visa (unless, possibly, you've had a permanent visa in the past) ... though I don't completely understand the eligibility rules, which are complicated, and there might be exceptions.
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    Earworm songs you can't get out of your head

    I guess that somebody must, given that the song has had more than 2.5 billion plays on Spotify alone. Not my bag, but good on her for making a huge success out of writing, performing and producing her own music.
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    Resident Return Visa

    As far as I know, if you've had PR in the past, it doesn't matter how long ago it was. Full list of eligibility criteria here: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/resident-return-visa-155-157#Eligibility You do have to demonstrate 'substantial ties to Australia that are of benefit to Australia'. I think that having a job offer is a big plus there, but I'd still definitely get an agent to help with putting together your case. Ideally you'd want to show ongoing ties. Processing times are currently given as about 3 months or less, which sounds about right. I don't know what, if any, options are available for you to come and start your job before the RRV is granted - that's another thing a good agent could advise on.
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    Smart meters - good, bad or neutral?

    Thanks for the input everybody. We decided to opt out as we're not bothered about knowing our usage on an hourly basis and there doesn't seem to be any other particular benefit. We don't use much off peak electricity apart from the water heater, which is already on controlled load. I had a look at the Energy Made Easy website, but the information didn't seem very accurate. The cheapest AGL tariff it found was about $35 more than what we paid last quarter, and the cheapest over all suppliers was only $4 less, which is not worth the hassle of changing suppliers. Plus when I contacted AGL to discuss this they offered me another tariff, for the existing meter, which would work out around $30 per quarter less than the current one, so I'll probably just switch to that.