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  1. FirstWorldProblems

    UK - Australia Trade Deal 🇬🇧🇦🇺

    They really are. They used to sell them in Sainsbury's (I'd hazard a guess at around 2005 for maybe 3 or 4 years) and ANZAC's in Tesco's about the same time. Lack of an advertising campaign saw them relegated to the bottom shelf and sadly they got pulled Since Arnott's is owned by a US private equity firm, I'm optimistic that they'll use the free publicity of the trade agreement to have another crack at selling there best items over here. Same me a bloody fortune buying from Sanza.
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    Post a random picture of your day

    An incredible work ethic. A remarkable sense of duty. A wonderful ambassador for the country.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    It wasn't unwieldy for over a year. Something must have changed......
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    What's funny is the desperation for edge conspiracy theories to be correct and the constant sharing of crap from spurious sources to try to evidence it, whilst totally ignoring the huge volume of other evidence because it inconveniently doesn't align to the agenda. Every rational person wants to understand the truth, because then we stand more chance of it not happening again. What you seem unable to understand is when people keep putting forward hysterical, unsubstantiated theories or unfounded assertions or severely biased reports it isn't helping to achieve that. In fact it's obfuscating the facts and that prevents and hinders progress. I'll say again what I've said before. It's entirely possible that this thing was man made. It's entirely possible that it was made in a lab in Wuhan. Right now there's no conclusive evidence one way or another, but that vast majority of evidence that does exist and the vast majority of scientists who have studied it believe this isn't the case. So a rational person would conclude that it's probably not man made but we should keep an open mind and we should keep looking. An irrational person takes as probable that sensationalist nonsense that unscrupulous outlets and individuals peddle in order to get the gullible to click the links to their content and drive up their sponsorship/advertising revenue.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    The bit that sounds like politician speak is: What does 'eligible' mean? Right now according to health.gov.au it's: But that could change (positively or negatively). I think this is where there might be smoke and mirrors.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Can we stop with the misinformation and scare-mongering. In the UK alone there are 1/4 mil AZ doses given each day - heaven knows how many millions around the world per day. Hardly a loss of confidence......
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Damn pesky facts, always coming along to ruin an hysterical narrative
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    except of course it doesn't find that, it isn't a peer reviewed study, it isn't a clinical trial (it's an observational data study of 255 cases), it's current a pre-print rather than a published study and early peer reviews and to conclude cause and effect from that would be bonkers. Of course that won't stop irresponsible reporting to the gullible. The rest of us will await the clinical trial and if it looks good, then we'll get excited.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Remember how it was always referred to as the "Oxford AstraZeneca" vaccine by the UK government and UK media. Since there are questions about safety and reports of efficacy being lower than some others, the Oxford part has been quietly dropped by most outlets.
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    Vlogging our move bk to oz

    I’d watch that for sure.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Yes I’ve seen those reports. There were studies posted last month (not yet peer reviewed) indicating more than 50% long Covid sufferers saw improvement post vaccine. hopefully soon we will see a study showing vaccinated people drastically less likely to get long Covid.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    How so? That seems counter intuitive.
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    Sydney property

    Absolutely understand. Everyone’s circumstances are different and such things are incredibly nuanced. I think we all understand it’s about many, many factors beyond the offer you’ve received. Lifestyle, health, age, stress, income, future ambitions etc. None of us are in exactly your position so we can only really overlay our own circumstances and experiences and attitudes to risk when we think about yours. You sound happy and maybe even a little relieved, so I say good for you and good luck to you.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    I might be the only one, but long-covid concerns me far more than dying. Firstly, the best estimate of statistics suggest 0.5%-1% of covid cases result in death whereas a recent Office of National Statistics report in the UK showed that 13.7% of a 20,000 person sample group continued to experience symptoms for at least 12 weeks. So there's far more chance of long Covid than dying of it. Secondly, if I'm dead, well...it's game over and I'll not be aware of it. But these long, lingering symptoms that drastically reduce quality of life - I hate that idea. We've all got limited time left on this Earth and we want to enjoy as much of it was we can, not be burdened with chronic illness that stops us living well.
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    Sydney property

    Depends. If it's a localised Sydney, or even Australia wide housing price crash (or a less dramatic price reduction) due to rising interest rates, then I don't see that having a global effect. So if ther investment portfolio is diversified geographically as well as by sector, I'd think the returns would still be good. If there was another GFC, that's a different story and it affects almost everything. But it's probably not an issue for these guys strategy, since if their investments drop 10% and property also drops 10%, the baseline changes. I'd say the real risk is if the house prices (and thus rent) continues to rise and the post-tax, post-inflation returns aren't adequate to cover that rise. It's a gamble. Could pay off big. Could go the other way.
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