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Old July 18 2014, 04:56 AM   #181
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I'm with teacake in that I love hot weather. Though after 2.5 weeks on holiday in humidity I was quiet happy for a couple of days cold weather in Melbs. Only a couple however. Though it's the bloody wind at the moment more then the temp that gets me at the moment.
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Old July 18 2014, 06:24 AM   #182
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23+ Australians on the plane shot down in Ukraine. This is getting bad.
It has been bad for a while now, Ukraine just slipped into the "out of sight, out of mind" for the rest of the world as the media moved on.

It's a terrible incident and shattering for the friends and family of those killed.
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Old July 18 2014, 08:30 AM   #183
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There really aren't any words for how appalling this is. 298 people randomly killed for ideology. Absolutely horrific.
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Old July 18 2014, 09:05 AM   #184
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It's very very depressing.
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Old July 18 2014, 10:52 AM   #185
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Very sad. I read a few things online about it. I feel sorry for the families of the victims.
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Old July 18 2014, 11:04 AM   #186
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It looks like up to 100 of the passengers were researchers, AIDS campaigners etc who were planning to attend the International AIDS conference in Melbourne this weekend. This will be a horrific set-back for AIDS research.
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Old July 18 2014, 01:25 PM   #187
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Makes the tragedy go to a whole new level. Terrible.
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Old July 18 2014, 02:34 PM   #188
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An Australian woman whose brother and sister-in-law where on the Malaysian flight that disappeared, has now lost her stepdaughter on this plane. So tragic.
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Old July 19 2014, 11:55 PM   #189
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It's so foggy in Melbourne I can't see the end of my driveway.

OH I miss going to the beach.. which yes I can still go to but not everyone is as enamored with the beach as me and there will be moaning about the wind and spray

Miss Chicken, you are on a port city, do you have nice beaches and piers and things? I assume they are rocky? I have never been to Tasmania. I was in a travel agent the other day and they were playing promotional videos and there was along series on Hobart and it looked utterly charming.
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Old July 20 2014, 12:09 AM   #190
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I'll barge in and say Newcastle, where I work, has nice beaches, including a man-made one (Nobbys).

Can't stand Abbott, but I will give him credit for rising to the occasion and saying all the right things about MH17, and that there will be a bipartisan approach to this.
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Old July 20 2014, 12:37 AM   #191
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I've always heard good things about Newcastle. Never been. Need to go more places LOL. I like all beaches, have a thing about urban ones.

What do you mean about the bipartisan approach?
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Old July 20 2014, 01:26 AM   #192
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Hobart and the rest of Tasmania has plenty of beautiful and very sandy beaches, most of them uncrowded. i will post a few photos of them later in the day.
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Old July 20 2014, 08:36 AM   #193
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Newcastle (and the Hunter generally) is one of the greatest places in / things about this country.

Nothing more need be said.
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Old July 20 2014, 09:37 AM   #194
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^ Glad I'm in a place where I only just need to wear a shirt with sleeves.
I wear shorts all year round.

We got snow expected tomorrow. Better pack my warm shorts.
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Old July 21 2014, 12:46 AM   #195
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I've always heard good things about Newcastle. Never been. Need to go more places LOL. I like all beaches, have a thing about urban ones.

What do you mean about the bipartisan approach?
Newcastle has most of the advantages of Sydney (good food, good shopping, city beaches, jetport, good public transport) and few of the disadvantages (soiaring rents, traffic jams and overcrowding).

Regarding beaches, the City Baths are literally at the edge of the water, and pretty cool if a little rundown and old fashioned. Yahoo Serious (a local boy) shot some scenes there for Young Einstein.

Bipartisan approach: Labor will back anything the Govt decides to do about the Ukrainian situation, rather than the usual debate (within reason).

It's close to home for Abbott - he said his daughters came home on MH 1 some onths ago. That's a close call, in some ways.
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