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General Discussion / Re: FInding People - Steve Iceton
« on: 20 February, 2022, 11:08:30 AM »
G'day Steve Iceton - look forward to seeing your photos as I remember a lot of people from J troop 1962-65.
Scouse Ratia

General Discussion / Re: Global Energy Prices
« on: 19 February, 2022, 04:12:03 AM »
I dunno how they charge in Singapore but it might be the same as VN, ie one price per month regardless of how much power we use - because if we use too much and overload the system it just turns itself off (which happens at least 2 or 3 times a week on average - with blackouts/brownouts lasting up to 24 hours).  So maybe safest to explain to Simon and his wife that you have to pay per kW of electricity (or however you're charged), because they might otherwise not realise they're sending you bankrupt!

General Discussion / Re: Global Energy Prices
« on: 18 February, 2022, 02:01:21 AM »
Nice timing, Pam - yesterday's news headline downunder was one of the biggest energy suppliers, Origin Energy, announcing closure of it's coal-fired plant a massive 7 years before it was required (or expected) to do so! Cynics say they made the surprise announcement because they didn't want to follow in the footsteps of another energy supplier, AGL, which earlier said it would close but was persuaded by the government to continue (with the gov't quietly 'subsidising' its losses). Not sure what's behind it all (apart from the usual mismanagement with senior execs filling their pockets), and perhaps a kowtowing to public opinion in our new snowflake world ("We must protect the environment even if it kills us"), but with at least a third of Europe's gas coming from Russia, the brewing stoush over Russia's apparent intention to invade Ukraine can't possibly help in that part of the world!!!
Meanwhile, in Vietnam, any power shortage will doubtless get treated with the usual aplomb: the authorities just turn all our power off for a few days!!!  ::) ::) ::)

General Discussion / Re: Djokovic
« on: 20 January, 2022, 01:47:47 PM »
"Slimy rotter" - love it! They're obviously both liars, Pam, so no different to any other politician and certainly don't deserve anyone's sympathy! We've got a local by-election shortly in Sydney where I'm hoping the new NSW Premier gets the boot - he replaced our favourite Gladys Berejeklian when she jumped before she got pushed (accused of closing her eyes to "slimy rotter" politician boyfriend's crooked ways), and immediately opened the Covid floodgates that she'd been controlling so well - and now the hospitals are full to overflowing, with nursing staff collapsing on the floor exhausted; it sounds terrible, and we're probably safer staying in Vietnam!

General Discussion / Re: Covid
« on: 20 January, 2022, 01:42:02 PM »
The rush seems to have subsided a bit here - still many on tourist visas trying to avoid paying the overstay penalty but no one's managed it yet! And thanks to facebook(!), the word got around v.quickly about booking low-cost connecting flights so everyone's wary now - and it's not just Singapore that was stopping them, many didn't even get out of Saigon! I just renewed my "permitted to stay 6 months" visa exemption but now it's only valid for 3 months. We asked why and they said "Covid" - as though no further explanation needed. We're trying to extend via family connections but it's not such a big deal because I could go back to Oz a bit earlier than planned and clean the place up before Linh and Sunny hopefully arrive a month later (more than 2 years empty - yuk!).

General Discussion / Re: Djokovic
« on: 16 January, 2022, 05:50:38 AM »
Maybe Boris has finally realised that you can fool some of the people some of the time but...  I find it quite surprising how so many of us on the sidelines saw through him from day 1, yet so many Brits were fooled - just like Trump and 130 million seppos! He and Boris (and Australia's Scumbag Morrison) are living proof of the old adage that "bullsh*t baffles brains" - but thankfully not forever! Maybe they get away with it because they're in the faces (metaphorically speaking) of their constituents all day every day, thanks to the media!
Btw, I've edited this post to make it clear I'm talking about Boris and his fellow politicians, despite the subject line saying "Djokovic". Looks like another case of "SBP": sidetracked by Pam!  8)

General Discussion / Re: Covid
« on: 16 January, 2022, 05:44:03 AM »
Dunno what "pop" is, but it must be good if you all went from having Covid to not having it!!!  Good luck to Simon - tell him to be careful at the airport on arrival as there are literally hundreds of expats who left Vietnam yesterday after free tourist visa extensions were discontinued, and a lot of them booked flights with Scoot and now can't get past Singapore (airport) because Scoot doesn't have some paperwork to use the airport despite (I thought) being a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines. Maybe I got that bit wrong. Anyway, lots of angry/disappointed expats were given just one week to leave Vietnam and are now stuck in Singapore airport!

General Discussion / Re: Djokovic
« on: 14 January, 2022, 08:23:25 AM »
"Game, set and match - Australia!"  Now wait for some macho chest-beating "Our border rules apply to everyone" from SloMo to try and put the whole sorry shambles behind him before the May election...

General Discussion / Re: Boris
« on: 13 January, 2022, 03:00:54 AM »
Dead right, Pam - I can't stand the typical Eton-educated "I'm superior to you lot" clown who's never had to do a real day's work in his life. And the very fact that he continues with that ridiculous 'exploding haystack' hairstyle is a permanent reminder to everyone that he really doesn't care what anyone thinks anyway!
Dunno how BJ got into office - but then the same applies to the USA's orange retard Trump and Australia's "Smirk & mirrors" Morrison. As if the pandemic wasn't bad enough, we've had to live with these three clowns as well - no wonder the world's on its last legs! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..................

General Discussion / Re: Djokovic
« on: 12 January, 2022, 11:44:51 AM »
Further evidence now coming to light, where Djokovic claims "mistakes" and "errors of judgement" by his "team" and himself. Sounds like his biggest error of judgement was hiring whoever it was on his team who thought they could get away with such a blatant lie as saying he hadn't been anywhere in the preceding 14 days when evidence to the contrary was all over the internet - and since when were travellers allowed to let someone else complete their arrival forms anyway? Far too many discrepancies for me, so I now agree with Pam - SEND HIM HOME!
Here's the latest rundown from Oz media (12/01/22):

General Discussion / Re: Djokovic
« on: 11 January, 2022, 01:24:48 PM »
Tend to agree with you, Terry - but we can't be sure we know the full story because there's an election downunder in 1Q2022 so the whole Djokovic thing has been conveniently turned into a political football, and there ain't much truth, if any, in politics! But from our perspective of having this trip to VN expand from the planned 4 months to just three weeks short of 2 years as I type this, it's not a good thing either way because, if Djokovic wins, the Oz gov't will make dam* sure no one else gets into the country unless they've ticked every one of the millions of boxes that will surely join the multitude that already stop so many of us from returning (and I'm not even talking about the $600 per person one way airfares that suddenly became $5,000 pp but hardly rated a mention in the media!).
On the other hand, if Djokovic loses, then the Oz gov't will flaunt their "win" as an example of how they're "protecting Australia's borders" - with the upshot being that they'll add even more boxes to be ticked, just to make sure no one can win and undo all their good work!
I'd personally like to see Djokovic lose because he's an arrogant so and so, but the exact same description can be applied to Oz PM Scomo (aka Scumbag) - so it's a case of "B*ggered if ya do, and b*ggered if ya don't"!!! Ain't politics wonderful................  ::) ::) ::)

« 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!

General Discussion / Re: Covid
« on: 10 January, 2022, 01:33:26 AM »
Good luck with the lateral flow test, Pam. Let us know how it goes. On the subject of Covid I have to say I'm alarmed at what appears to be complete mismanagement of the Omicron variant's arrival downunder - to the point that I feel we are much safer staying here in Vietnam where (apart from a few noisy expats complaining online about their loss of freedom), they fully accept that the way to stay safe when an airborne virus is attacking everyone in sight is to get vaxxed, stay home, stay covered, stay apart and stay clean. In Australia and other so-called "advanced economies" the governments seem to have bowed to the biggest noise, ie anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers, anti-anything at all'ers - now already revealing a growing tragedy that should have been obvious from the outset even to "blind Freddie"!

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?

General Discussion / Re: Emailing MB members?
« on: 31 December, 2021, 12:28:14 PM »
Thanks Lee, you're doing a grand job and I hope you enjoy the learning curve - sooner you than me, that's for sure!

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