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The Great NZ Lockdown 2020 thread

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by immortality, Mar 26, 2020.

  1. UTE042_NZ

    UTE042_NZ Well-Known Member

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    Firstly, it resulted in a strategic win for Jacinda and all Kiwis living in Australia under visa subclass 444 rules who lost employment due to Covid-19 and were going to have to return to NZ or starve. https://www.odt.co.nz/news/australia/kiwis-living-aussie-able-get-coronavirus-financial-aid

    Kiwis who arrived in Australia after 26 Feb 2001 are defined as a subclass and automatically given a visa to allow them to work (but not benefit from any taxes they pay). https://www.seekvisa.com.au/special-category-visa-subclass-444/

    This discrimination only applies to New Zealanders (who typically earn more and pay higher taxes in Australia than Australians of the same age). Australians in New Zealand are eligible for the same rights and benefits as any New Zealand citizen. New Zealand still abides by the 1983 CER free trade agreement even if Australia doesn't

    Historically, many foreign nationals didn't take up Australian citizenship because they were required to renounce their foreign citizenship and surrender their passport to do so.
     
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    ^^^.. good to know that both countries are doing the right thing.
    When you cast a wide net, it is sure to have some holes, and also catch a few fish that you didn't intend to catch.
     
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    I don't think that applies to Commonwealth citizens. It certainly doesn't apply to US citizens, and there are quite a few ISIS members who have dual citizenship, and now claim that they are true blue Aussies, and the Fed Govt should bring them back to Australia.
     
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    I am friends with a number of Kiwis who have all been in Aus for ~30 years yet none have become Aus citizens.

    It seems they don't want to give up their Kiwiness.
     
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    lazy, also don't want to vote.
     
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    Saves some money too?
     
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    We have been over here for nearly 20 years. We became citizens in 2007 mainly so we could help vote little johnny out and because we had no intention of going back. There was no requirement to give up our NZ citizenship. I am not sure but I believe the cost of citizenship was about $750 for the pair of us . I believe that since this time the cost to become an Australian citizen has risen dramatically and in the case of friends of ours stopped them from doing so. They have since returned to NZ.
     
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  8. immortality

    immortality Can't live without smoky bacon! Staff Member

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    Day 11, Sunday (Bloody Sunday) 5 April 2020

    Glorious weather day. did **** all, didn't even bother to weight myself as the results would be disappointing with all the deserts I've been eating and lack of exercise.
     
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    immortality Can't live without smoky bacon! Staff Member

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    Day 12, Monday 6th April,

    Weight: 114.3 kg

    Working on getting up at a more decent time as all my regular habits are out the window and I'm finding I'm just not getting on with ****. The end of daylight savings helps a bit here. Did a bit of stretching as the lower back is locking up and went for a decent walk to get things moving. Then got on with preparation for more painting. Whom ever painted this bit of the house last didn't do a very good job so I'm having the scrape the paint back to bare wood and sand the rest down ready for new primer. Spent about 4 hours up on the scaffolding. Arm/shoulder is buggered and had to stop for a dose of pain killers but I got through it, cleaned it ready for paint tomorrow. Finished up with a hot shower on the shoulder to help ease the pain and relax the muscles. Dinner was left overs and cookies and cream icecream. I think we have eaten most of the deserts and chocolates in the house now which is probably a good thing looking at my weight...
     
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    You must be a very tall gentleman with that weight :D
     
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    immortality Can't live without smoky bacon! Staff Member

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    A touch under 6'6", how much under varies and depends on how my lower back is feeling on the day. It's never been quiet right since I went across a car bonnet when I was a teenager.
     
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    Ouch.
     
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    desserts for me are a very rare thing , made some penne carbonara last night , using eggs and grated parmesan cheese , and chopped up bacon , with green beans , I've been trying to keep to as regular schedule as possible , outside of work , since gym has closed during the lockdown ,I've been doing runs and walks , and some weights and bag work at home , and have been doing some garden chores too . It's small things that you take for granted .
     
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    Ouch, but immediately thought of this!
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    greenacc Searching for the billion

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    Mmmm Carbonara! Sadly Carbonara is one of a very short list of foods I can't eat. It makes me totally crap my guts out. Something to do with an intolerance to the proteins that form when milk and cream are heated in that way. Oh well, Bolognese for me then. Carry on...
     
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    That aerial stub poking out of the guard could be a threat to one's manliness.

    Not in isolation anymore or lockdown, but I have adjusted my eating habits since returning to Oz, and weight this morning was 98.2kg.
    Cut down coffee to 1 per day in the morning, instead of 4 or 5 during the day, and my addiction to chips, chocolates etc is diminishing.
    Now to get back to going for a walk as exercise.
    Went for a big 30+km drive today to fix up some banking and stuff that I can't do from home. Eerie ….. the big smoke (town) was full of cars parked and driving around, but pedestrians …. very few. Footpaths were empty.

    As for house renovations …………. the good word from our rule makers is not to do anything too adventurous which could result in a trip to hospital. Climbing ladders, using dangerous life threatening power-tools, mixing ambitions and capabilities, are discouraged.
     
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    Same here. I used to drink about 2 litres milk per day ……….. coffee, flavoured milk, ice-cream, cheese.
    Can't do that anymore, a gall bladder removal has put a stop to all that.
    Also alcohol, I can have a few beers, but a glass of wine, and spirits now makes me feel real crook.
     
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    using eggs instead of milk is how I make mine , saw Antonio Carluccio make it like that on one of his shows , its makes it lighter , and parmesan cheese gives it more bite ,
     
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    I've been up and down ladders/scaffolding for days now. I guess I could just sit at home and stew about how my company is ******* over the staff and that would not be healthy for my sanity or others mortality...



    As much fun as that would be I unfortunately ended up against the windscreen. Still very fortunate I went over the bonnet and not under the car.
     
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