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Post by noosard » September 24, 2020, 2:34 pm

As a result of consistently declining coronavirus numbers, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Thursday dancing would be allowed again at weddings –but with a strange requisition.

Weddings held in the state are allowed to have as many as 150 guests under current coronavirus rules.

But when it comes to the dance floor, only 20 people will be allowed to let loose – while the other wedding guests watch on.

And, those lucky enough to strut their stuff will have to be designated in advance by the bride and groom.

“Bridal parties of up to 20 can be on the dance floor, but I stress, it is the same 20 – you cannot have a roster of different guests of 20,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Just some crazy rule that does not make sense
Can see the boys in blue enforcing who is allowed to shake a boot not



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Post by tamada » September 24, 2020, 4:48 pm

noosard wrote:
September 24, 2020, 2:34 pm
As a result of consistently declining coronavirus numbers, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Thursday dancing would be allowed again at weddings –but with a strange requisition.

Weddings held in the state are allowed to have as many as 150 guests under current coronavirus rules.

But when it comes to the dance floor, only 20 people will be allowed to let loose – while the other wedding guests watch on.

And, those lucky enough to strut their stuff will have to be designated in advance by the bride and groom.

“Bridal parties of up to 20 can be on the dance floor, but I stress, it is the same 20 – you cannot have a roster of different guests of 20,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Just some crazy rule that does not make sense
Can see the boys in blue enforcing who is allowed to shake a boot not
Maybe it's loosely based on some ancient, Armenian, folkloric, wedding etiquette?

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Post by Laan Yaa Mo » September 24, 2020, 6:18 pm

Is there any good news coming from Tasmania on the plight of the pilot whales? The whales seem hell-bent on dying despite the best efforts of Tasmanians to save them.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/pilo ... -1.5735143
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Post by GT93 » September 25, 2020, 1:06 am

There are questions over whether a secret swingers party could be behind a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in a Victorian town. Word of the party, which was held late last month, spread quickly around the town of Colac, which is located about 150km southwest of Melbourne. Some residents are reportedly furious that this type of gathering, which breaches multiple Covid-19 restrictions, would be held when the area had already experienced an outbreak of the virus, according to the Herald Sun.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/a ... d=12367740

What blighters.

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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by GT93 » September 25, 2020, 2:17 am

NZ is having problems with too many NZers arriving from India with Covid 19. It's a significant risk and we might have to close the border with India.

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Post by pipoz4444 » September 25, 2020, 4:44 pm

GT93 wrote:
September 25, 2020, 2:17 am
NZ is having problems with too many NZers arriving from India with Covid 19. It's a significant risk and we might have to close the border with India.
Why would a government allow anyone to enter from India, at present, a country that has some 86,000 new cases every day, as is obviously one of the worlds "Hot Spot" for Covid 19. You can throw some other countries from the South America's into that bucket as well, plus France, Spain and Russia,

Argentina & France (having about 1/7 number of daily new cases, compared to that in India)
Brazil, Mexico & Columbia (having about 1/12 the number of daily new cases compared to that in India)

All still running but of control, but to a much lesser extent than India, as far as, new case numbers each day. :-k

So where is the logic with letting people in from a Country, with over 86,000 new cases every day, for the last 3 consecutive weeks, and one that is clearly on the increase with daily new case numbers. So why a Government play "Russian Roulette" at its borders. :-$ :-k :-k

https://covid19.who.int/?gclid=Cj0KCQjw ... wyEALw_wcB

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Post by bluejets » September 26, 2020, 5:42 am

Will be interesting to see how the government decide to control the return of some of the so-called abandoned citizens in the upcoming future, given the stuff ups with the Ruby Princess and the hotel isolation private security who no government official seems to remember ever giving the go ahead.
Talk about rats leaving the sinking ship......

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Post by tamada » September 26, 2020, 8:22 am

My buddy is on his second day of quarantine at the Marriott on Pitt after two months of limbo in Phuket and being bounced off no less than five earlier repatriation flights. He never claimed to feeling abandoned as much as just being unwanted at the present time.

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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by pipoz4444 » September 28, 2020, 11:15 am

Australia's case number history

For a time our record on containment of Covid-19 was tracking fine, until one part of the country failed with a domestic outbreak. Some attribute this failure (and the second wave) to,

Complacency as so called freedoms returned
Just bad luck
Quarantine procedural failures at Hotels
Poor messaging to non- English speaking communities

(Refer BBC Link below).

Personally I would attribute it to careless or irresponsible Individuals and even personnel hygiene. Both are ones that no Government will ever be able to fully control. Australia and the World are going to have to learn to, live with these Outbreaks, from time to time and improve their immediate response to contain them, for at least for the foreseeable next 12 month, in the absence of any vaccine. :-k

Australia Case Number History.PNG

Victoria Covid 19 History.PNG

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/dai ... -australia

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Post by noosard » September 28, 2020, 11:27 am

Face mask compulsory for walking but not running Please try to make some sense of that !!!
and has to be a real mask not face guard, bandana or scarf

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Post by pipoz4444 » September 28, 2020, 12:44 pm

noosard wrote:
September 28, 2020, 11:27 am
Face mask compulsory for walking but not running Please try to make some sense of that !!!
and has to be a real mask not face guard, bandana or scarf
Agree, face masks are a Must, at least for many months to come, but I see so many people wearing them down around their neck, as more of a token gesture, than one of compliance.

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Post by Barney » October 6, 2020, 9:28 am

On this day, 6th October 1898, Catherine "Kate" Kelly, sister of bushranger Ned Kelly, goes missing.

Ned Kelly is regarded as Australia's most notorious bushranger, but less is known about his family.

Ned Kelly had five sisters, two half-sisters, two brothers and one half-brother. His sisters were Maggie, who was born in 1857, three years after Ned, and Catherine, variously nicknamed Kate or Kittie, who was born in 1863. In addition, there was Mary, who died as a baby, Anne and Grace. Ned Kelly's two brothers were Daniel, who joined Ned in the Kelly Gang, and James. Sometime after Ned Kelly's father died, his mother remarried and bore another two daughters, Ellen and Alice and a son, John, also known as Jack.

Kate Kelly was perhaps the best known of Ned Kelly's siblings. Legend claims that she was the fiancee of Aaron Sherritt, notorious for betraying the Kelly gang to the police, and being shot for his trouble. Kate also had another admirer, Alexander Fitzpatrick, who attempted to ingratiate himself into the Kelly family. After making unwelcome advances towards young Kate, he was attacked by Ned's mother, beaten by one brother and allegedly shot by Ned, although the doctor who attended Fitzpatrick did not confirm a gunshot wound. The event resulted in Ned's mother being arrested, and the brothers being hunted further by police. Kate was a central catalyst to these circumstances.

After helping hold the family together following the arrest of their mother, at the age of 25, Kate married William Henry Foster of Forbes. She was a skilled and respected horsewoman and perpetuated the family line by bearing six children, three of whom survived to adulthood.

Kate's colourful life ended tragically when she was just 35 years old. Some two years after her sister Maggie died, Kate went missing, on 6 October 1898. Eight days passed before her body was located in a lagoon at Condobolin Road near Forbes. Initial indications were that she died of drowning, but the Magisterial enquiry that was held into her death on 15 October did not indicate how or why this could have occurred. Kate's death certificate stated there was no evidence, but family and friends believed her depression following Maggie's death contributed to her own death.

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Post by Barney » October 7, 2020, 8:17 pm

Angry scots causing trouble from the start in our history .



On this day, 7th October 1854, Scottish gold miner James Scobie dies, a catalyst to events that will eventually result in the Eureka Stockade.

Scobie was an unassuming gold miner who came to Australia from Scotland to make his fortune on the Ballarat goldfields. After becoming involved in a fight at the Eureka Hotel, also known as Bentley's Hotel, Scobie died on 7 October 1854.

An inquest into his death absolved the hotel owner, Bentley, and his staff of any wrongdoing. The miners, however, felt that justice had been thwarted, and held a meeting outside the hotel on October 17. Tempers flared, a riot ensued and the hotel was burnt to the ground. As a result of this, more troopers were sent from Melbourne, and miners were subjected to more frequent licence checks and more frequent clashes between miners and troopers.

Another inquest into Scobie's death was held on 18 November 1854, during which Bentley and two of his staff were found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to three years' hard labour in the road-gangs. The general dissatisfaction generated by these events was a catalyst in the events leading up to the Eureka stockade of December 3.

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Post by pipoz4444 » October 8, 2020, 7:14 pm

Our History spoken in our language, so only we can understand =D>

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Post by Barney » October 9, 2020, 6:37 am

On this day, 9th October 1908, the Yass-Canberra area is named as the site for the new Federal Capital Territory of Australia.

On 1 January 1901, federation of the six colonies in Australia was achieved and the Commonwealth of Australia was proclaimed. With the establishment of a new nation came the need to build a federal capital. It was decided that the national capital would not be one of the existing state capitals, in order to prevent rivalry between the cities. It would, however, be positioned between Australia’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne. Section 125 of the Constitution of Australia provided that:

"The seat of Government of the Commonwealth shall be determined by the Parliament, and shall be within territory which shall have been granted to or acquired by the Commonwealth, and shall be vested in and belong to the Commonwealth, and shall be in the State of New South Wales, and be distant not less than one hundred miles from Sydney.

Such territory shall contain an area of not less than one hundred square miles, and such portion thereof as shall consist of Crown lands shall be granted to the Commonwealth without any payment therefore. The Parliament shall sit at Melbourne until it meets at the seat of Government."

Numerous sites were evaluated by members of Parliament. The site for the national capital could not be on the coast, as this could cause it to be susceptible to enemy bombardment. The necessity for a naval port was satisfied by the acquisition of federal land at Jervis Bay. The climate needed to be “bracing”, to ensure clear minds for political decision-making. There could be no established urban development or industry already, and access to sufficient water was a necessity. It needed to be in an elevated position, preferably surrounded by picturesque mountains.

Locations raised for consideration were Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Bombala, Dalgety, Delegate, Goulburn, Lake George, Lyndhurst, Orange, Queanbeyan, Tumut, Wagga Wagga and Yass. Bombala was the choice selected by a ballot in the House of Representatives in 1903. Following a change of government in 1904, Dalgety was named as the site of Australia’s future Federal Capital Territory. When the government changed again in 1905, the question of the most suitable site was resurrected yet again, and in 1906, the choice was narrowed down to Dalgety, Yass-Canberra and Lake George. Another ballot was held on 9 October 1908, and the Yass-Canberra site won by six votes. The territory was defined as a triangle, with Yass in the top corner, the Murrumbidgee River forming the western border and Lake George in the east. The land was formally transferred from New South Wales in January 1911.

Pictured: Canberra plan submitted to the Canberra design competition by Walter Burley Griffin drawn on the Commonwealth contour map supplied. 1911-1912.

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Post by Barney » October 11, 2020, 11:15 am

On this day, 11th October 1738, Captain Arthur Phillip, first Governor of New South Wales, is born.

Arthur Phillip was born in London on 11 October 1738. He joined the Royal Navy when he was fifteen and alternately earned a living as a navy officer and as a farmer. In October 1786, Phillip was appointed Governor-designate of the proposed British penal colony of New South Wales. He was a practical man who suggested that convicts with experience in farming, building and crafts be included in the First Fleet, but his proposal was rejected. The First Fleet left Portsmouth, England, on 13 May 1787, and arrived in Botany Bay on 18 January 1788. Phillip immediately determined that there was insufficient fresh water, an absence of usable timber, poor quality soil and no safe harbour at Botany Bay. Thus the fleet was moved to Port Jackson, arriving on 26 January 1788.

Phillip faced many obstacles in his attempts to establish the new colony. British farming methods, seeds and implements were unsuitable for use in the different climate and soil, and the colony faced near-starvation in its first two years. Phillip also worked to improve understanding with the local Aborigines. The colony finally succeeded in developing a solid foundation, agriculturally and economically, thanks to the perseverance of Captain Arthur Phillip.

Poor health forced Phillip to return to England in 1792. He resigned his commission soon after arriving back in England and died on 31 August 1814.

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Post by trekkertony » October 11, 2020, 2:04 pm

Thanks Barney, enjoying the trips into our past.

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Post by Barney » October 16, 2020, 11:16 am

Sorry a day late.
When the poms only thought of us as an area to do their worst.

“On this day, 15th October 1953, Britain conducts the first atomic test on the Australian mainland.

Australia's remoteness made it a choice for Britain to conduct testing of its atomic weapons in the 1950s. In October of 1952, the Montebello Islands off north-west Western Australia became the site for testing of the first British atomic bomb. "Operation Hurricane" was conducted 350 metres off the coast of Trimouille Island for the purpose of testing the effects of a bomb smuggled inside a ship.

One year later, on 15 October 1953, Britain conducted its first atomic test on the Australian mainland. Named Operation Totem, the test of a 10 kiloton atomic bomb was held at Emu Field, in the Great Victoria Desert of South Australia. The first test was followed by Totem 2, testing of an 8 kiloton bomb, at the same site, less than two weeks later, on 27 October. Further tests of nuclear weapons at the site were not undertaken, as it was considered too remote an area. Further atomic tests were conducted elsewhere, at Maralinga in 1956.

Later, it was discovered that the radioactive cloud from the first detonation did not disperse as it was expected to do, but instead travelled north-east over the Australian continent. An obelisk still stands at the site, warning that "Radiation levels for a few hundred metres around this point may be above those considered safe for permanent occupation".

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Post by Barney » October 18, 2020, 6:23 am

On this day, 18th October 1909, New South Wales agrees to surrender 2400 square kilometres of land for the creation of the Australian Capital Territory.

On 1 January 1901, following federation of the six colonies in Australia, arose the need to build a federal capital. It was decided that the national capital would not be one of the existing state capitals, in order to prevent rivalry between the cities. It would, however, be positioned between Australia’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne.

Numerous sites were evaluated by members of Parliament. The site for the national capital could not be on the coast, as this could cause it to be susceptible to enemy bombardment. The necessity for a naval port was satisfied by the acquisition of federal land at Jervis Bay. The climate needed to be “bracing”, to ensure clear minds for political decision-making. There could be no established urban development or industry already, and access to sufficient water was a necessity. It needed to be in an elevated position, aesthetically pleasing and preferably surrounded by picturesque mountains.

Locations raised for consideration were Albury, Armidale, Bathurst, Bombala, Dalgety, Delegate, Goulburn, Lake George, Lyndhurst, Orange, Queanbeyan, Tumut, Wagga Wagga and Yass. After the initial ballot in the House of Representatives in 1903, Bombala emerged as the favoured site. Following a change of government in 1904, Dalgety was selected as the site of Australia’s future Federal Capital Territory (later the Australian Capital Territory). When the government changed again in 1905, another ballot was held, and the Yass-Canberra site won by six votes. The territory was defined as a triangle, with Yass in the top corner, the Murrumbidgee River forming the western border and Lake George in the east.

On 18 October 1909, New South Wales agreed to transfer 2400 square kilometres of land to the Commonwealth for the purpose of establishing the Federal Capital Territory. The deal was signed by Australian Prime Minister Alfred Deakin and the Premier of New South Wales, Charles Wade. The land was formally transferred from New South Wales in January 1911.

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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by jackspratt » October 18, 2020, 9:15 am

Progressive governments returned in Australia's smallest "state", and the 9th state across the ditch.

In the latter case, with a huge swings to Labour and the Greens. =D>

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