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General Discussion / Re: Lockdown #5
« on: 03 November, 2021, 07:47:09 AM »
We have several facebook groups for expats here in our southern VN island city of Vung Tau (pop 400,000 except on weekends when half of Saigon comes here to swim), and the snowflake expats complain ad nauseum about "loss of civil liberties" because our lockdowns are started by police in loudspeaker vans everywhere (the kids love that bit!), followed by police foot patrols knocking on every individual door and getting the residents to sign an acknowledgement that they can't go out except to pick up the plastic bags of food that are left outside the apartment building or house every morning by the police and registered volunteers (penalties for breaching the rules range from 20million VND - about $1,000 - to 12 years, repeat 12 years, in jail!).
The "shippers", as the delivery people are called, are in great demand but not allowed to charge more than $1 on top of the cost of the food for each delivery. If you get sick, you have to call a doctor and wait - good luck with that!
But our "Directive 16" (very strict) lockdown was recently relaxed to Directive 128 (everything in VN has a number!), so we can go out now - although no more than 2 at a time. Restaurants can sell takeaway food, but bars, karaoke, etc are well and truly closed (which doesn't sit well with most expats, either!).
As far as I can tell, the only people who are handling things really well are the locals (of course - they probably think it's much easier than being at war against people with guns), and the Aussie Vietnam Vets (ex-soldiers) who help to deliver food parcels to the poor.
The other expats are mostly English-speaking school teachers, so they're fairly young and really should never have been allowed to leave home - they're mostly backpackers who've done a two-week TESOL course, so not "real" teachers at all, but you'd think they were all uni professors the way they carry on about their "loss of entitlements" (in VN, of all places!).
Think I'd better stop now before I start saying what I 'really' think!  ;D ;D ;D

General Discussion / Re: Times
« on: 03 November, 2021, 07:10:32 AM »
Yes, I asked it in the "Logging in comments" thread because I noticed it was about 1 hour off GMT. I can't see an awful lot of users coming from Denmark (Steve and Poul notwithstanding, of course), so I would have thought GMT or whatever time the UK is on would be more useful but didn't think it was worth raising as an issue because Aussie users might prefer AEST. Then again, how about VN time (me) - smack in between BST and AEST!  But if it's the same (Danish) time as the server we're now hosted on, courtesy Poul, then maybe that's the simplest answer anyway.
Whatever's ultimately decided, it might save having to answer the same question many times over if there's an explanation somewhere prominent...

General Discussion / Re: Question about the top 3 posts in colour
« on: 03 November, 2021, 07:03:28 AM »
Then this might be the same question that Pam asked you earlier (I recall seeing something about "sticky threads" but didn't read the detail), so apologies for repetition, but what's a sticky thread?

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?

General Discussion / Re: Logging in comments
« on: 31 October, 2021, 11:00:02 AM »
1. Gotcha!

2. Sounds reasonable - so Poul's generosity has a side benefit of putting Denmark on the map (when I thought the Aussie princess had already done that for them!)  ;D ;D ;D

3. Fair enough.

4. Sounds like far too much trouble - and maybe in the long run it's safer to not disclose any more personal info than necessary to communicate sensibly as I've seen some real true-life horror stories about how easy it is for the bad guys to build up a profile of someone good enough to gain access to their bank accounts just through phone numbers, dates of birth, address, etc etc.

General Discussion / Re: Logging in comments
« on: 31 October, 2021, 01:48:18 AM »
Some questions for Lee.
1. How did we register 25 users online at the same time on 22 September, 2021, 12:39:39 AM???
2. What time zone is used by this MB? (seems to be 6 hours earlier than VN time, which makes it somewhere around but not quite GMT, I think?)
3. Is there some way we can remain in the "same topic" thread but without replying to the last post in that topic? (eg, like this post - it's in "Logging in comments" because the questions are loosely related to logging in, but to stay in this thread I had to click "reply" even though it's not really a reply to the previous post).

General Discussion / Re: Logging in comments
« on: 31 October, 2021, 01:38:31 AM »
Dunno if this is the quickest way to do it but I go Home > General discussion > New topic (highlighted in top RH corner above all the posts).

General Discussion / Re: Updating profile?
« on: 31 October, 2021, 01:32:01 AM »
That didn't work either - because I've lost the "message icon" tag!  Will have to make some spare time to play with all the different icons and stuff - it's frustrating, but also fascinating in a weird sorta way!  :o

General Discussion / Re: Updating profile?
« on: 31 October, 2021, 01:26:25 AM »
Nah, that didn't work!  Now I'll try adding the 'thumbs up' message icon that Terry and Pam have against one each of their posts.  ;D

General Discussion / Re: Updating profile?
« on: 31 October, 2021, 01:19:27 AM »
And now I'm removing the 'signature' because it's very small and way below the message so had to look around before I noticed it.  But it was the same as my username (MR), which is bigger and in colour, so no signature necessary.  I also just found the "message icon" and finally realise how Terry got that different icon next to his post, so I've added a "cheesy" icon to this one and will now post this message to see what happens...

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

General Discussion / Re: Finding People.
« on: 31 October, 2021, 01:01:16 AM »
Gordon Firth's name rings a bell, Pam - but that could be from seeing his post on 208 Then & Now the other day. We mostly used to hang around with those we met daily in the compound or billetts, so I remember very few other than radio operators and some drivers and EDs. I just looked at the squadron photo from 1964 and recognise nearly everyone, but wouldn't have shared beers with many other than the dozen or so close mates in "our" group.

General Discussion / Re: I'm not Racist but...
« on: 30 October, 2021, 12:48:09 PM »
Just read these comments again and can't help wondering if the 51 million quid that Britain gave France to stop the boats was at least viewed by them as (very minor) part compensation for the $90 billion that Oz screwed them for with the submarine contract? (oops)  ::)

General Discussion / Re: Logging in comments
« on: 30 October, 2021, 12:43:56 PM »
G'day Lee - I logged in earlier and opened this "Logging in comments" thread but the very first post came up, instead of the most recent.  I couldn't remember how to change "last to first" and vice versa so logged out and emailed you.
UPDATE: Thanks for your email response, Lee - and for the benefit of anyone else in the same situation, here's how to change the order of posts up/down > down/up and vice versa:
Mouse-over 'Profile', Click 'Forum Profile'
Mouse-over 'Modify Profile'
Click 'Look & Layout'
2/3 down list 'Set' (tick) or 'Reset' (Not) as required
Click 'Change Profile' (bottom left)

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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