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General Discussion / A ray of sunshine - plus flying to Oz
« on: 20 April, 2022, 03:27:12 AM »
There's not much for anyone to be happy about these days - anything from Russia attacking Ukraine to Covid lockdowns or even the weather! But LFC giving Man U a 4-0 shellacking to follow the season's earlier 5-0 hammering is truly a bright spot in all the murk! Also flying back to Oz today for a quick 3 weeks to fix a few things that have fallen apart while we've been away for more than 2 years on what was supposed to be a 4 months trip! It was made possible because the VN visa rules changed and I was gonna have to do a renewal run to the border anyway, but VNA suddenly dropped their airfares to below pre-Covid levels so why not go a bit further? Mind you, I could write a book about the bureaucracy involved at both ends - I've got enough soft and hard copies of various health declarations and associated QR codes to fill a library! Happy days...............

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General Discussion / Looting in Goodna
« on: 03 March, 2022, 01:09:38 AM »
Sad (disgusting) news that people in boats and even towing trailers are looting houses that have been abandoned in Goodna because of the flooding from that horrific "once in 100 years" rain bomb. Police have arrested 5 so far - let's hope they get what they deserve in the local watch house!  Does JD still live in Goodna - or am I thinking of someone else?

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General Discussion / Happy Twosday!
« on: 22 February, 2022, 01:24:42 PM »
No, that's not a mistake - today is Tuesday ("Twos-day") the 22nd day of the 2nd month of 2022 (, ie Twos-day 22.2.22). Hands up anyone who hadn't noticed!!  ;D ;D ;D

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General Discussion / MESSAGE FOR STEVE ICETON
« on: 11 January, 2022, 01:05:19 AM »
Apologies for the 'shouting' headline but just wanted to catch the attention of Steve Iceton or anyone who may be in contact with him to encourage him to contribute any of those "mainly J troop" photos he mentioned on the GB for posting in the galleries on this site. He can make initial contact via the email links under the Guest Book or Message Board buttons on the Home page if he's having problems navigating into the MB. If anyone is in contact with Steve, please relay this message to him - many thanks!

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General Discussion / More photos (Lee? Pam?)
« on: 04 January, 2022, 03:02:05 AM »
Lee and/or Pam: I just noticed Steve Iceton, J troop 63-65, has posted on the GB and reckons he's got an album "full of photos". It might be worth trying to contact him to see if he'd like to contribute any photos not already in the 208 gallery?

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General Discussion / MERRY XMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR (2022)
« on: 25 December, 2021, 07:32:17 AM »
Best wishes to everyone on the new MB for a very merry Christmas and (hopefully) an even happier new year!

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General Discussion / Emailing MB members?
« on: 22 December, 2021, 03:16:38 AM »
Don't know about anyone else, and it's maybe an indication of my being a "boomer", but I like email for the ability to directly target those people you specifically want to talk to with a particular message. Wouldn't it be great if we could do the same thing from this MB, ie chat away on this forum but, if the situation arose (as it sometimes does when we get 'sidetracked'), just send an email to a smaller, more relevant and interested audience for the newly-introduced subject matter.  Or even to just email specific members about something we just thought of while browsing the MB, but don't think it will interest everyone.  Or maybe the Zuck et al have already invented something like that but I just don't know about it yet?

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General Discussion / Covid capers!
« on: 17 December, 2021, 07:48:24 AM »
I shouldn't make a joke about Covid because it's devastated so many families around the world, but I used "capers" in the heading for this post to try and lighten things up a little so I can tell the story of how they're treating Covid in downtown Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam's Covid epicentre.
We live in the coastal resort town of Vung Tau, about 2 hours by road or hydrofoil from Saigon (no longer the city's official name but still widely used by Vietnamese, especially in the south). The highway Vung Tau-Saigon has been closed for the past 6 months to stop people bringing the virus into our town and infecting us all - but it was finally re-opened a couple of days ago, despite infection rates still being much higher than last year (like other places in the world influenced by 'Big Business' - in VN's case that's foreign investors wanting everything done their way "or we'll take our money elsewhere" - we're being told that after locking ourselves away for more than a year (literally - only allowed to open the front door to collect the day's meals that have been left outside!), we're now suddenly having to learn to "live with Covid"! Amazing...
But the best bit is in Saigon. If you leave home, best take plenty of money and spare clothes because you will be rapid antigen tested before entry to any gov't agency, business, shopping centre or other venue where large crowds gather, and anyone who shows positive is immediately carted off by ambulance to one of the "field hospitals" (tent cities) with siren blaring - and never seen again until they test negative (follow-up tests every 7 days!). So you might "pop down to the shops" but not be seen or heard from again for weeks - or ever!
I can't help wondering how such treatment would go down in western countries where the snowflakes complain about 'infringement of civil liberties', 'loss of freedom', etc even when just being told to wear a facemask!!!  ;D ;D ;D

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General Discussion / Out of Comms - question
« on: 18 November, 2021, 03:49:31 AM »
Just browsing around and noticed the last six entries in "Out of Comms" seem to be wearing light-coloured "SAS" berets. Or did the blue colour of our berets get changed after I left?

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General Discussion / Pam's new email address
« on: 12 November, 2021, 02:54:56 AM »
Hello Pam - just letting you know we're getting mail failures for your binnroad... email address so unable to contact you unless via this MB.

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General Discussion / Question about the top 3 posts in colour
« on: 31 October, 2021, 11:03:40 AM »
Is there some particular reason the top 3 posts are shown in a different colour and with pins?

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General Discussion / Updating profile?
« on: 31 October, 2021, 01:15:17 AM »
Just tried to add a 'signature' and date of birth to Profile. It accepted the signature and told me I'd updated my date of birth - but when I went back to check it was still 0001-01-01.  We're all getting older, but I'll bet none of us is THAT old!!!  ;D ;D ;D

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General Discussion / 208 Then & Now
« on: 29 October, 2021, 02:16:53 PM »
Just had a quick look at "208 Then & Now" to see how much of my listing needs updating (not much - just our legal guardianship of niece Sunny, otherwise we're still backwards and forwards between Oz and VN, Covid border lockdowns permitting). I just went in for a quick look but ended up spending more than a very interesting half hour reading a lot of the others that I've forgotten over the years.  Highly recommended if you can spare the time - it really brings all the memories flooding back...  8)

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General Discussion / Kop that, Fergie!
« on: 25 October, 2021, 03:01:04 AM »
Man Utd 0 Liverpool 5 - at Old Trafford, in front of Mr "Big Mouth" Ferguson himself (he who started the entire decades-long feuding with his smartarse comments on arrival at Old Trafford that he was there "to knock Liverpool off their perch")! Now he knows, if he didn't already, that it takes more than one swallow to make a summer! I've gone right off football since the big money replaced local pride and fervour - but last night's result has thoroughly made my day! Now can't wait for the inevitable social media memes of Fergie's face when the fifth goal went in - yeehaaa!!!  ;D ;D ;D

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General Discussion / Avatars on this MB
« on: 14 October, 2021, 02:26:29 AM »
Just testing to see what my avatar looks like online and thought I'd check out the emojis at the same time:  :) ;) :D ;D >:( :( :o 8) ??? ::) :P :-[ :-X :-\ :-* :'(

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