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  1. Craig Colas

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    What variant are you particularly worried about? Been over 23,403 so far as we speak. The world in fact only knows about these variants that have been labelled in the press, as the UK has the best gene sequencing technology in the world and has been gene sequencing every positive result on a huge scale. Admittedly these variations are so small and every so often you get a faster change hence why a variant is brought up for concern. Hardly ever has a virus mutated into something more deadly and makes even less sense for a virus to want to do that. More transmissible yes! Also to suggest the vaccine wont be as effective as well is not true unless there was a huge mutation never seen before in human history. Get your vaccine and carry on about your life. Since the pandemic global population has increased by 80,000,000 people, might not see it in your lifetime but your a few decades away from deaths on an enormous scale!
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    Flights booked - quick Qus

    Yes I think you are right. Good luck to you too, we move out next month into my parents for a couple of weeks as we are renting our house out and our stuff is being shipped end of next month as well. So will be here with nothing basically waiting to go. Hopefully it all works out in the end for us all!
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    Flights booked - quick Qus

    We booked our flights last week, £4,500 for 4 of us for November the 8th. Late morning flight from Heathrow with Singapore. Looking at the flights now, most of those flights on some days around that date are now gone, but some are still available and the price on the same day as us is now £16,000. Has me a bit worried that we booked at the right time but very likely will get bumped off if someone is willing to pay that for an economy flight. I wonder if they have just put those prices up on the off chance someone is willing to pay that and just remove the ones that paid less just to make more money. Has anyone else seen their flight times price sky rocket and then be bumped off?
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    Ping Pongers

    I guess if you have lived there your whole life and seen a place decline over time I can sympathise. You're right about the use of Meth being low in the UK, maybe due to the fact you can get every other drug easily, and the opposite applies in Australia and New Zealand where they are more scarce so the production of Meth is more prominent. But I would take Perth for safety over any city in the UK nowadays, hopefully they crack down on the problems in the future to make it even better.
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    Ping Pongers

    @Blue Flu Do you have a personal vendetta against Perth? Every post you put is constantly about crystal meth. Now I understand you might have had a bad experience being near to some activity, but drugs are found in every city in the world. Perth would come no where near the rates of drug use found in Manchester and Liverpool etc. Sure you get the odd bad suburb but labelling all WA with having a drug crisis is exaggerating and misinforming the OP.
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    It's starting to kick in now...

    Thanks for your reply. That's what I thought just £70 to cancel. Hope it all goes ok for you!!
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    It's starting to kick in now...

    Hi @Jon the Hat, Did you book you SIA through SIA themselves or did you use an agent? Looking at SIA it is currently £4,500 for the 4 of us with flexibility etc. charges to cancel not too much. I did also contact an agent as well and they are quoting £5,200 now I don't mind the price difference at all if it gives us a better chance and they have to make money some how but in the small print they have a lot of large cancellation fee's and admin fee's to change. Just wondered how you went about doing it that's all. Thanks!
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    It's starting to kick in now...

    I have always used emirates in the past flying to Brisbane and they have always been spot on. We even went in March 2020 just as this all started and they where great, changed our flights easily so we could get back home and was great with the kids. At this point though I'm not bothered what the flight is like or the airline just want to be able to get there without any hassle and as cheap as possible
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    It's starting to kick in now...

    Thanks @Jon the Hat, I did have a read of that Facebook post thanks. Will have to look into the agencies. 4 of us travelling and don't want to be spending thousands but it is looking that way.
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    It's starting to kick in now...

    Does anyone know of anyone or has themselves flown with Emirates from London to Perth via Dubai. I am looking at booking flights and they are the best priced ones at the moment for end of October and they offer 24 months flexi ticket. But I haven't seen anyone comment about them and I just wondered why thats all? Looked through all the details looks as though they are flying etc. Any info would be great thanks all!
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    Going Home!

    We are very close with my Mum and Dad and they are still young and active so we are very lucky. Will see how the first 3 months go you may be right though . Agree with Ramot when your retired its a lot easier to travel and take time and the costs aren't as bad. Two working parents it would be hard to go back every year for just a couple of weeks and wouldn't feel like it was worth it. Will see what the future holds, not getting to optimistic at this point though.
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    Going Home!

    I would say it's a first world problem to have but not a problem just for the rich. Pre-Covid my parents planned to be out to Australia for 3 months every year. Flight is what £3,000 maximum for two people. Stay at our place for the duration so just the expenses you would pay for at home anyway. Invaluable time taking the grandkids to school while we are at work etc. Most people have a holiday a year anyway so for them that's their holiday. A lot harder going the other way though with kids, just for a few weeks if you managed to do that every year I might of consider you rich. But seriously if you have been accustomed to seeing your family every year then to have that stopped and not know if and when you will get to chance to see them again is going to be very troubling for a lot of people. Especially if your parents are older, mine are early 50's so am quite fortunate and hope there is plenty of trips to come.
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    Taking an almost 3 year old to Australia in November, help?!!

    Yer was a dreadful trip to be fair. Went for a friends wedding was staying at a load of different locations up the coast. Missed the quarantine by 12 hours which was lucky. But they started closing borders etc. Wedding was cancelled and we decided didn't want to get stuck so changed our flights and headed home. Would of been worse if we had never been before but still was a big waste of money, basically paid a load of money to go to Australia Zoo for the day
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    Taking an almost 3 year old to Australia in November, help?!!

    We flew to Brisbane and back within 6 days in March 2020 with a 4 and 2 year old. All you can do is keep them entertained as best you can and try get them to sleep as much as possible on the plane. Like someone said above its the two weeks stuck in a hotel that might tip you over the edge .
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    We are mad Lol

    We have a 491 visa through my wife, she is a nurse. So need an exemption with that visa, which requires a job offer. Just waiting on APHRA registration and she has a job pretty much secured. We lived in Brisbane for a few years previously, I'm a geologist and got a job out there straight after university. The downturn after the mining boom brought us back home as I was on a business visa and my wife needed to finish her degree so we decided to come back home. We have always wanted to move back once we had kids etc. Took us a while to get the visa and now we have got it in what looks like the worse time. We are going to rent our house out here for a few years as well until we achieve PR then sell it to fund our house purchase in Oz when the time comes. That is the plan anyway. Saw from your other post you had lived there before as well
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