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    [email protected] this what I get

    There are of course lethal spiders but most spiders just want to stay out of harms' way. Quite often I found large huntsman spiders in the house back in Australia. I usually caught them using a clear plastic container by slapping it over them on the wall or wherever and then sliding a piece of...
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    Help to put life in perspective, perhaps?

    I recall the show but with day to day life when we are dissatisfied we don't then immediately ask "who is worse off than me?" and thank God or whoever for what we have. In one way or another many people feel cheated by life and feel that they were meant for better things. The kind of program...
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    A good news story!

    With all the gloom I thought a good news story might bring some cheer. When Trixie the ferret fell down the toilet, Lorraine Chircop sprang into action https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/good-news/2020/06/25/ferret-kiss-of-life/
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    America on Fire

    A big house, big guns, presumably having lots of money and living in a state of fear. Glad they're not my neighbours.
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    Living in Two Countries - Pros & Cons

    One major potential difficulty is the ongoing Covid problem. Closed yesterday to open next month only to have another cluster and close again. Then the possibility of an outbreak at either end which may see you arriving somewhere and having to immediately quarantine for 14 days.
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    America on Fire

    It has become common to get posts complaining about 'political correctness" as in this item from Balipod. "....everyday common things we used to say but now you be stoned to death if you were to say them but the strange thing is the older folks even the ones they were talking about used to say...
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    Help to put life in perspective, perhaps?

    Beginning to sound like Monty Python. "Lived in cardboard box? You were lucky. Luxury. We lived in hole in ground." (If this displays "error" press play a few times and it will open.) Not that I disagree. As a child in Australia the average working man had one suit, maybe two pairs of shoes...
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    Moving to Bali July 2021

    (As I was writing the copy below, apparently Ms BA was thinking along similar lines.) With the erratic spikes of Covid and Indonesia's uncertain future in relation to all the associated problems I don't think one can be confident in making decision even though July next year seems some way...
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    America on Fire

    Statistically black Americans and indigenous Australians are more likely to spend time in gaol than a comparable number of white people. Statistically, morbidity studies show that in both America and Australia life expectancy is that white people live longer. Many financial institutions make...
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    America on Fire

    At Australian schools in the late 40's and 50's we were taught about mostly British history and its heroes and that Britain stood for justice and what is right. Australian history was that Captain Cook found Australia and after a couple of minor incidents with Aborigines the common cold and...
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    America on Fire

    It seems the National Guard shootings at Kent State university have been forgotten. There's a serious danger in under trained forces such as this with a potential to respond badly when called out as Trump is eager to do Here's a brief run down from Wikipedia. " The Kent State shootings (also...
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    America on Fire

    Very encouraging that in cities across Australia today there have been large, multi racial crowds turn out for Black Lives Matter protests and making the link with the oppression of Aboriginal peoples. With respect to looting in the United States it would seem that this was opportunistic...
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    America on Fire

    Ironically, after posting the note above about Austrlian Aboriginal - police relations this evening's news ran this footage of the rough dealing in arrest of an Aboriginal teenager. At least social media can have an impact in exposing such behaviour and the policeman involved in this incident...
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    DON'T PANIC.... well, maybe a little bit.

    That would seem to suggest that cigarette smokers may be at greater risk with Corona virus. It would be useful to establish this as fact and provide another good reason for people to give up smoking.
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    America on Fire

    I regret to say that the history of police - Aboriginal relations in Australia are also pretty horrendous. From the 19th century when police basically operated extermination teams to wipe out Aboriginal resistance the pattern of behaviour has traditionally been very unjust and not only with...
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    Indonesian Driving Licence?

    Dafluff, thanks for the link but that didn't work either. Sometimes one has problems because the internet is so slow and it times out. However, other websites are opening up for me at the moment. I will try again over the next few days. Perhaps the website for the test is particularly clunky and...
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    Indonesian Driving Licence?

    Trying to open the licence test site this morning http://korlantas.polri.go.id/latihan_ujiansim/ujian/login. Whopppsss! Page Not Found Halaman / file yang dicari tidak ditemukan
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    DON'T PANIC.... well, maybe a little bit.

    I am not anti science or anti medicine. Break a bone and I go to a doctor using Xray and imaging. As a child I had diptheria and was treated successfully at Fairfield hospital in Melbourne. Returning to Melbourne after living in Africa I had a virulent strain of malaria and ironically was back...
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    DON'T PANIC.... well, maybe a little bit.

    To vaccinate or not to vaccinate is one of those issues that raises a lot of passions. So I am not out to convert anyone to a point of view other than to say that having taken a continuing interest in health issues for more than 60 years I choose not to vaccinate. However, I do think it...

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