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  1. Robert Dyson

    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    same thing as lateral flow
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    PCR tests are very accurate. It's the LF tests that you can do yourself that are less accurate, but they can be used as a risk-based tool to help you decide if you should be around other people or not. If you get a positive LF result you then you go for the more expensive PCR to confirm. LF's are free in the UK, but they have run out.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    If the UK current rate is around 60,000 per day but they estimate around 200,000 actual cases, potentially rising to half a million a day, many people are not getting tested. Many may not show any symptoms to know they need testing, but I was having a conversation this morning with somebody who said people are just accepting it if they fall ill, but most people they know "think they've had it" . Go figure? They are all vaccinated but perhaps not as socially conscious as you.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    How it is today is the best it's going to be. NSW current vaccination rate is 93.2%, there has been ample time and sacrifices made to prep for this. Many people are no longer bothering to get tested and there will be many thousands of positive cases per day, next week. Even with this knowledge, restrictions have been lifted today in SA and ACT. There is no going back. No more full lockdowns, just common sense, distancing, no scaremongering, and get on with it. We are in the middle of summer, health services are well prepared with forecasts, and levers to pull if it looks like getting bad. If you need support for your mental health, these are some good links, or try your GP for personalised support applicable to your own circumstances. Medicare allows you a free mental health plan with a number of counselling sessions. https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/services/Pages/programs-older-people.aspx
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    Things I’d forgotten about the UK...

    I don't think they look right in Australia. It needs to be dark at 4pm with a crisp cold starry night to have any Christmas magic. I used to like catching the train home from work and looking at the houses. It's a bit like watching surfing from the UK on the TV. Dismal, people in winter clothes with hot drinks, black angry sea and a sharp stoney beach that cuts your feet. Just no ambiance.
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    The Ashes 2021-22

    I could hear you clicking your heels when you posted that. Utter utter garbage. To try and link all cricket supporters, including about 50% kids, to take blame for the actions of their Government is beyond sensible.
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    The Ashes 2021-22

    It's actually England and Wales, but they don't even give Wales credit in the anachronym of ECB when the organisation is called the England and Wales Cricket Board. They've even had a few Scots players in the past, not many though.
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    Briton’s pushed to food banks

    No it's not. Sad to say, i think it will become a growth industry and they will need more of them. I cannot see anything that has happened in the last 5 years that is not going to make this situation far worse.
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    Things I’d forgotten about the UK...

    If you have family in two, or multiple countries it can be tricky. Meanwhile in QLD: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/three-flights-from-sydney-melbourne-into-queensland-declared-exposure-sites-20211214-p59hh7.html
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    Your next car.... petrol electric diesel

    I was in Boydtown the other week, a largely abandoned Far South Coast hamlet with a population of 75, a few km's off the main highway with only a hotel/pub and a caravan park. They had two EV chargers sitting by the side of the track. Presumably for people going the remote way between Sydney and Melbourne but i'd be surprised if they've ever been used.
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    Your next car.... petrol electric diesel

    they will stop making aspirated engines so you can't buy one, or you just keep your old car until it falls to pieces. But i think when the tipping point comes you will be forced into it...petrol and diesel will rocket in price as the supply chain falters, sales drop, refining becomes more expensive etc. You can already see developers eyeing up the tens of thousands of petrol stations in the UK. The UK will go very early, it's a prime test lab with little streets, short distances, smaller vehicles...nobody needs a 550 mile range to make it work.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    Interesting, does that include the omicron variant? Just been on Sky News that the UK is probably on 200,000 cases per day at the moment, doubling every 3 days. And they are repeating the same crap as last year, saying they are trying to "save Christmas". Which they did last year, and then 70,000 people died in the wave that it spread.
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    Australian and UK Covid Responses

    absolutely no chance, just more bull from the clown, announced on the spot with no prior information given to providers and no supply plan in place, let alone distribution plan. Apparently they've run out of LF test kits too, my dad was going to grab a handful and can't get any,
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    The Ashes 2021-22

    about 35% of the population?
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    The Ashes 2021-22

    Public schools were called thus because when they were founded in the UK, the only available schools for the proles were funded by churches. Public schools, whilst fee paying, were meant to signify to parents that they would not promote religious doctrination and were to encourage independent thought free of state or religious interference. In ACT, approx one third of the schools are non-government and a lot of them Catholic. The Catholic church made a big play for early Australia when they were unbanned by the British Government. There was real concern that that the British could have inadvertently created a majority Catholic country because of the amount of Irish convicts who were sent here and were due for release. But the Catholic church flooded Australia with money when they were able to anyway. There are 1755 Catholic schools in Australia, a fascinating number.
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