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  1. The viability of the Christian Brothers is in doubt as the religious order is forced to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to settle an avalanche of compensation claims stemming from decades of child abuse. The Age can reveal the Christian Brothers’ Australian wing has already spent more than $213 million on victims’ payouts and legal expenses in the past six years, with the order expecting to outlay at least another $134 million in the future but as survivors continue to seek compensation under the National Redress Scheme, the Catholic order is relying on massive injections of cash from its regional headquarters to pay out people who were abused in its schools and orphanages.
  2. So did my husband. No abuse where he went though.
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    Israel Folau

    I blame a lot of people's thinking on so called blind nationalism. It is the nationalism "which does not allow the rational nature of the human mind to assert itself". It was used to explain the totalitarian and authoritarian regimes in the interwar period, which eventually led to World War II. I can think for myself. I don't need to listen to or follow some of the rabble rousers I read about who are around today. Neo Nazis, far lefties spring to mind.
  4. We are supposed to be in the mid teens next week. Do hope so.
  5. A friend in NSW has just adopted this little dog. She is called Goldie. She's 11 years old and the RSPCA got her out of a puppy farm where the poor little thing had been having one litter of pups after another for years. She had been shut up in a cage and never had a run on grass. In spite of this my friend says she's a lovely natured little thing and very affectionate and trusting. She is now enjoying life. She had an ulcerated eye but it's much better now.
  6. Could do with your lovely winter temps today Ramot. The cold usually doesn't bother me at all very much but today the rain was on and off, on and off, on and off and it managed to reach 9C. That is the coldest daytime temp I can remember in all the years I've been in Australia.
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    What are you listening to ?

    Breathe, Breathe, Believe, Believe
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    Is London really this bad ?

    London is not bad at all compared to LA, New York, Bangkok (I never saw the sky there during the day or at night) most large cities in India ................. I tend to steer well clear of cities for that reason.
  9. I've seen some shockers in Sydney. They aren't as bad here but could be a lot better.
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    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    The Celtic Tiger era has left a ­shoddy ­building ­legacy. ­Thousands of homes built during the boom have been found to be ­defective. And all too often ­homeowners are left ­footing the bill. Condensation and mould a problem in many of them.
  11. What a shock it must have been watching it happen and what a relief that your son is OK ........ apart from his cheekbone.
  12. Friends have underfloor heating. Very nice. I wonder how many years it lasts. Mum had it and it was put in when the house was built in the very early 70's. It's obsolete now and the owners put in gas central heating (radiators).
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    The weather in Tasmania today

    We have had very rough, stormy and cold weather over the past week. Today it is lovely and sunny but still cold. There is a light covering of snow on these hills just over an hour from Devonport.
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    Trump pushing for 4% of GDP on military.

    What about this for a waste of money. 50 billion bucks. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-13/australian-submarines-could-be-obsolete-in-2030s/11306226
  15. Rental houses are the worst for that here. Some rentals aren't fit for human habitation. I've seen mould in rentals and as for insulation .............. you've got to be joking.
  16. Now I know why so many folk from Tassie disappear up there during winter. Sounds very nice indeed. My OH went to see a mate in Ridgley (Tas) the other day and it was bitterly cold there .......... looked like this. He doesn't mind the cold though.
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    Cricket World Cup 2019

    That's like me saying I only got on with folk from Glasgow and Ireland. There are so many lovely people here but obviously you never came across them.
  18. Maybe in Qld but not further south during winter.
  19. I used to stay with friends on their property near Bathurst NSW. They got ice and snow during the winter and on occasion were snowed in. Their house was weatherboard but it was so well insulated and heated that it was a pleasure to stay in during the severe weather. I made sure that when we bought a house in Tassie it wasn't open plan and that it would cope well with the winters here.
  20. In answer to the OP. It depends where you live in Australia. Forget about the crap houses for a minute. The actual outside weather on the whole where I live does have better weather than the UK. The average temperature during the summer is 23 and during the winter it manages to reach double digits every day. Today it reached 11 and we have been having very stormy weather. The summers are warm and dry but here on the NW Tassie coast the winters are wet and blustery. Not too far from us snow falls and other places can be hot in the summer.
  21. It has been very cold here on the north west coast of Tassie recently and the wind off the mountains has been positively icy. Brrrr! Thankfully our house is built for the cold and is cosy during weather like this. We are also very close to the Bass Strait so get the howling winds off it too. The last couple of nights we have had gale force winds - trees down and a bit of flooding. I agree that a heck of a lot of houses are simply not built for the cold. Ridiculous that more isn't done about it. Very poor building regulations. Have to add after reading about folk getting sick as stated above ................. I rarely get a cold and I've never had flu in my life ...................... touch wood.
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    How is Megan doing so far?

    Ghastly little man.
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    How is Megan doing so far?

    The PR people employed by members of the Royal Family must be aware of public opinion .................. they probably scrutinise everything printed about them so a bit of blame re Meghan could be laid at their feet - or perhaps Meghan just wants to do things her way regardless of what advisers have suggested.
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    How is Megan doing so far?

    Don't read this thread then. My life isn't empty but I do enjoy a bit of royal gossip. So there.