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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by teacake, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. Trinity Gingerbread

    Trinity Gingerbread Time is ticking away, tick, tick, ticking away. Premium Member

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  2. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    Coles cancelled my last order before taking my money out. I have shop at Coles Online for several years but they have been far slower to deal with this than Woolworths when it comes to the disabled, elderly and sick. Coles has still not got online orders back in place and even when they do they will have to sort out who is allowed to use it.

    I walked down to my local shopping centre twice for the oldies hours but that exhausted me for hours afterwards.

    My son just phoned me to tell me is being given 2 months holiday from work because he told them he didn’t want to risk his Mum getting sick. It does not matter if they pay him or not as he works at an Australian Disability Enterprise and is on a disability wage (he only gets $7 an hour and works 21 hours a week). Hopefully, if he isn’t paid Centrelink will put his pension back to the full amount.

    About a week before this all started he had paid the cost of going on a cruise to New Caledonia/Vanuatu with three of his workmates in November. Now he does want to go all that much and would be happiest with a refund. They might give him a credit or maybe there is a chance it will be OK by November.

    He is hoping to go to the US in 2023 for the San Diego ComicCon. He said if he gets a refund he just put the money towards that.
     
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  3. Miss Chicken

    Miss Chicken Little three legged cat with attitude Admiral

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    Now I have to try to get my other son (who is intellectually disabled) to understand what self isolation is. He seem to think he can still spend some of the week at home and the rest of the week at his girlfriend’s place. I have told him that if he wants to stay at home it has to be all the time. Maybe for two months or more. He is very annoyed at me.
     
  4. Marc

    Marc Fleet Admiral Premium Member

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  5. Australis

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    That was exactly my thought.
     
  6. Trinity Gingerbread

    Trinity Gingerbread Time is ticking away, tick, tick, ticking away. Premium Member

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    Say what?

    Jobs for mates I guess
     
  7. Miller 2.0

    Miller 2.0 Screaming Firehawk Admiral

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    Pretty much.

    Been reading about this - Melbourne couple who got the virus from USA, refuse to self isolate and instead visit the shops and play gold. As well infecting others, Bloody jail them for this.
     
  8. Trinity Gingerbread

    Trinity Gingerbread Time is ticking away, tick, tick, ticking away. Premium Member

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    Or hit them where it hurts most, the wallet.

    Police keep saying there are big fines but no one ever enforces them.
     
  9. Miller 2.0

    Miller 2.0 Screaming Firehawk Admiral

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    ^ Big fines is the alternative ... but this is a wealthy couple. So jail is the better option I think.
     
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  10. Avro Arrow

    Avro Arrow Rear Admiral Moderator

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    It's totally health care-related. I mean, you've heard of "essential vitamins and minerals", right? :shifty:
     
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  11. Trinity Gingerbread

    Trinity Gingerbread Time is ticking away, tick, tick, ticking away. Premium Member

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    Apparently his role is to look after the economic effects of the virus.

    The commission is geared to keep the economy ticking along, people in jobs, and saving dollars rather than saving lives.


    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03...vMgZww7kBvRmUbrCobn0WIX7ncp37Q3CroGiedrmT0Y_4

    But of course they didn't tell anyone money is important /s
     
  12. Australis

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    As far as I know the info below is correct.

    From a newspaper article:

    • "Is Liberal MP Alex Hawke The Reason Ruby Princess Docked And Killed Australians?
      It turns out that Alex Hawke (Federal MP & Pentecostal Christian) had his in-laws on the Ruby Princess, and his wife Amelia works for the Minister of Immigration and Border Protection.
      Is this the reason the Ruby Princess docked quickly?
      If the chatter across social media is to be believed, it is being said that Liberal MP and Assistant Defence Minister, Alex Hawke, who represents the Hills District in Sydney’s bible belt, called Scott Morrison for assistance to get the boat disembarked.
      It has been alleged the parents of Hawke’s wife Amelia were onboard the Ruby Princess along with some friends from the Hillsong Church. Hawke and his family are proud Pentecostal Christians, much like our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison,
      Hawke’s office has been contacted by multiple media outlets via email & phone and asked whether the MP could simply confirm or deny the claims that his parental in-laws were aboard the cruise liner. He has refused to answer.
      The mainstream media has also been asked not to link Hillsong to the mounting cruise liner death toll from Coronavirus in any way as well. "

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    (update:
    An 11th passenger from the Ruby Princess cruise ship has become Australia’s 35th coronavirus victim.
    The 78-year-old man passed away at Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane.)

    I wonder if this is the same NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller who is a member of the Hillsong church and close friend of our PM Scott Morrison ? Oh WOW what a coincidence ! It is him!

    Should also mention that it's not just the passengers that have died, but the people they came in contact with too. Alex Hawke better hide for a long, long time.
     
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  13. Trinity Gingerbread

    Trinity Gingerbread Time is ticking away, tick, tick, ticking away. Premium Member

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  14. teacake

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    A lot of craziness coming out these days. People who cannot bear being told what to do suddenly having every thing curtailed by the government and society's disapproval flipping out. Conspiracy people having virus boners. Racists getting their green light. Idiots who think they are imprevious. Yeah.
     
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  15. Miller 2.0

    Miller 2.0 Screaming Firehawk Admiral

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    It's absolutely crazy times. I use to live near there (moved away a long time ago), but still. I think some people are gonna get worse, if things drag on.
     
  16. teacake

    teacake Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    How is everyone doing? Does anyone have any needs that they are worried about right now?

    I'm doing good, I am very well stocked. I miss everyone in my life but I can go for a walk every day and talk on the phone to them.
     
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  17. Trinity Gingerbread

    Trinity Gingerbread Time is ticking away, tick, tick, ticking away. Premium Member

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    Doing OK. A little of being cooped up is what is getting to me every now and then. Thank you for asking @teacake ...

    Walking is still free and also fun. So there's that. Phone, some headphones, walk. Fun
     
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  18. Miller 2.0

    Miller 2.0 Screaming Firehawk Admiral

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    I'm pretty good. Had to a chat to two of my siblings (and the other yesterday) this morning. Feeling a little better after having a lay down just earlier. Felt a little sick - so resting helped.

    Also went out for a short bike ride. Been doing lots of gaming lately - as it helps to take my mind off stuff. And 3D art also.
     
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  19. Australis

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    Coping. Missing my grandkids, especially now they have a new puppy, but I have seen a couple of vids so they help.

    Worrying about my other son, who's immuno-compromised. He's definitely staying in.

    When I'm writing I tend to self-isolate anyway, but this is starting to drag on now even for me.

    At least flatmate and I (been here about 6-7 months now) are getting on fine. We tend to keep to our rooms, chat a bit most days, make each other a meal occasionally. We connected almost immediately. Sorta feels like it was Meant To Be. Fortunately too, neither of us are the other's type. That could get messy.

    That said, I gotta get me a date when I get out of here.

    Letting m'beard grow in a bit. Might shave it back a bit later.

    Every day is Sunday.
     
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  20. teacake

    teacake Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    I'm glad you have an excellent flat mate situation @Australis . One of my fam just got a new flatmate like 5 minutes before all this went down and by some miracle the are perfectly compatible, could have been a total disaster.

    Victoria has said we are in this stage of lockdown until May 11, what happens after that no one knows. Worse lockdown? I guess that would mean KMart is closed? I think it will just keep getting extended. My teacher friend says she thinks they will keep the schools closed for two terms. Who knows what will happen.

    Anyway. If anyone wants to borrow a book let me know! I have a lot of books and prepaid mailers.. also if you need a tin of tuna and you're not going to the shops I'm your person, seem to have stockpiled rather a lot of them.
     
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