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General Discussion / Re: AGE
« Last post by MR on 16 May, 2022, 11:08:29 AM »
Good to hear you're avoiding the plague, Terry - and Fran; well done both of you! We've endured commie-inspired lockdowns on and off for the past more than two years - barbed wire surrounding houses was a common sight - only for me to catch Covid no more than a few days after landing in Sydney: unbelievable in a so-called advanced (intelligent) civilisation! My back and kidney areas are now sources of constant pain and we don't know whether it's damage caused by Covid or some other source (the GP says "torn muscle" but it seriously feels more like kidney problems than muscle, but then I'm no doctor...) - but life goes on and I'll at least get out of here on Thursday (6 consecutive neg RAT results so far since Covid found someone else to maul) and back to Vietnam where they might not have much money but they've got a helluva lot more understanding of self-preservation than any of the maskless wonders in Sydney, and I'll feel much safer walking around between the massage and acupuncture appointments that Linh and Sunny are busily booking for me (assuming I can still walk, because I certainly won't be able to ride the bike for a long time yet) - happy days!
Dunno if Arsenal will make it into the top 4, but they've got more chance of that than LFC have of finishing 1st, more's the pity. Still, we shouldn't be greedy - and at least it's the blue Manchester team on top, not that other mob of misfits!
Linh says "Hi" to you both and wonders where JK and Babs have got to - any idea?
General Discussion / Re: AGE
« Last post by Terry W on 11 May, 2022, 12:08:03 PM »
Hello Scouse, I have not had covid so far neither has my wife although many friends and relatives have. We have both had our fourth vaccine and we still wear the dreaded mask when in crowed places, ie supermarkets but notice that fewer and fewer people are. Went up to London (Ealing) for Easter were my daughter now lives and noticed a lot more people wearing masks but most were elderly. My daughter works for a film making company and has traveled to Spain, Portugal, Italy and even Iceland and she says that it is mainly the elderly in these countries that wear masks. So it appears that in Eurpoe at least that governments have relaxed their rules and are learning to live with covid  and treating it like flu. It appears that to keep covid at bay is to get as many of the population vaccinated as possible. The dreaded Spurs did not do Liverpool any favours , drawing  one all. Arsenal play Spurs Thursday night and of course I am hoping for a win so that Arsenal can consolidate 4th place, could even get third !! Stay safe love to Linh, Terry
General Discussion / Re: AGE
« Last post by MR on 11 May, 2022, 01:35:23 AM »
Be careful you don't catch Covid then, Terry - I caught a dose just days after coming back to Oz end-April to fix a few things that were left by the wayside during the past 2+ years we've been stuck in VN by closed borders at both ends (VN and Oz). Everyone has different symptoms, apparently, and I was lucky to just feel ultra-lethargic with chronic diarrhoea and coughing from the lungs but no fever or chills.
But one thing I also noticed, hence this response, was a tendency to overbalance when making sharp turns or climbing/descending stairs. I'll stay close to the walls and anything else I can use to help stay upright(!) at least until my Covid finally disappears (very promising recovery this past week, with the thick red lines on the test-o-meter nearly gone now, thank goodness). But I'll still look for handholds when going up and down stairs at least for a little while - and when I can get back to VN and onto my bike for exercise every day that will hopefully restore balance all round. Maybe you could try pedalling around the hills of Cornwall to help restore your age-induced loss of balance?  ;D ;D ;D
General Discussion / Re: A ray of sunshine - plus flying to Oz
« Last post by MR on 11 May, 2022, 01:24:59 AM »
Thanks Lee, and thanks for the chat - probably the longest time I've spoken English in the last 20 years!
General Discussion / AGE
« Last post by Terry W on 05 May, 2022, 12:25:29 PM »
Am finding it difficult these days to walk any distance without my lower back causing discomfort. Also am very weary of watching my step in case of a fall, already had 1 fall (no beer) and found it very difficult to regain my feet without assistance, thinking of getting a walking stick ! Not much fun getting old.
General Discussion / Re: A ray of sunshine - plus flying to Oz
« Last post by LeeB6430 on 05 May, 2022, 03:04:08 AM »
Sorry scouse, I just assumed it would be yr OZ mobile 'cos we messaged a couple of times on yr last visit to Adelaide.
I'll email it
General Discussion / Re: A ray of sunshine - plus flying to Oz
« Last post by MR on 30 April, 2022, 02:40:32 AM »
G'day Lee. I can usually read people's minds but for some reason can't focus on yours strong enough to read your phone number! Also flat out like a lizard drinking, trying to get all the chores done before heading back a week early because of the ridiculously pathetic "live with Covid" attitude in Sydney - I've got a plane to catch and they don't allow people to board if they test positive! If attitudes change and/or the skyrocketing infection rate suddenly goes into reverse, I'll hopefully get back here in July/August with Linh and Sunny - and SA is definitely on the agenda (interstate travel restrictions permitting) because Linh's favourite auntie lives somewhere near Glenelg.
General Discussion / Re: A ray of sunshine - plus flying to Oz
« Last post by LeeB6430 on 25 April, 2022, 06:22:00 AM »
Hey Scouse,
Give us call when you get back - love to have a chat without a keyboard acting as an intermediary ;D 8)
General Discussion / A ray of sunshine - plus flying to Oz
« Last post by MR 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...............
General Discussion / Re: Global Energy Prices
« Last post by MR on 14 March, 2022, 01:00:22 PM »
Not sure what you mean by '5K', Terry, but it's (coincidentally?) the symbol used by the VN gov't for their nationwide campaign reminding citizens of the five main things they need to "Do" to minimise exposure to Covid: Do wear facemask, Do wash hands frequently, Do disinfect surfaces, Do maintain social distancing, Do leave home for essential purposes only. And now the Omicron variant is ripping through the country top to bottom (Hanoi's getting near 30k new infections daily, with Saigon now also on the increase - which is not good for us because the Saigonese use our beaches for their weekend relaxation and no one wears a mask while swimming!).  I suppose it will all end soon enough, but then we'll have to worry about NATO vs Russia with China lurking on the sidelines. What on earth did we do to deserve all this!!!
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