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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 5:23 pm Reply with quote
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Here is a sad fact.

Every time someone is killed in a road accident there is an inquest to determine the cause.

Often the cause is alcohol.

Today however we were told that for the first time Illicit Drugs have surpassed alcohol as a cause for road accident deaths.

I suppose if you are stupid enough to take such things in the first place you will be dumb enough to think it won't effect your ability to drive.

Tis the people you take with you I feel sorry for.

They did nothing wrong. Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 6:24 pm Reply with quote
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What are considered illicit drugs there?

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PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2019 9:45 pm Reply with quote
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The biggest problem here is ICE - Methamphetamine.

We have all the others as well but that one makes people agro.

Causes a lot of problems for ambulance drivers and emergency department staff when the person you are trying to help suddenly goes nuts and appears to have super human strength to boot.

They have recently passed laws to have a minimum jail sentence for anyone who attacks emergency staff or police even if drug effected.

According to some experts who did an analysis of waste water 1 in 20 people are using.

https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victorianfirst-sewer-tests-reveal-alarming-spread-of-deadly-drug-ice/news-story/d3c3ce64b2ff10d852c65ec5780d9ecb

Other experts claim these figures are wrong because many dealers dump their stash down the toilet to avoid getting busted.

Either way there is a load of the stuff about and there is nothing good about it.

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Heroin is the other big problem.

On this it is not so much how people behave when on it but rather what they will do to get their next hit.

They have built a safe injecting room in Richmond and this is causing debate.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-20/extended-hours-for-richmond-safe-injecting-room/11033350

I am not sure one way or the other but it is a pity they built it next to a primary school.

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PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2019 8:21 pm Reply with quote
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We have a bunch of banks in Australia but there are 4 main ones.
One of the big 4 is the NAB.

In a report recently released the NAB has indicated that they are reducing the number of automatic teller machines as they are expensive to operate and are seeing less custom.

From a high of just over 3000 they are now down to about 950.

That cash less society is drawing ever closer.


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They are not safe either -

Too many skimmers and getting assaulted while withdrawing money, not to mention mechanical failures.

Glad to see them go!

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PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 5:39 pm Reply with quote
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They are all closing branches as well.

One of the results of this is that when you go to the post office to collect something you often have to line up behind a bunch of older folk who want to pay their bills. Many with cash.

The post office has taken up the slack here and many folk who used to go to the bank now use the post office as their local branch has gone.
Most of these people are not happy using a computer and prefer the face to face option. You can tell by how long they take to do their thing.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:45 pm Reply with quote
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Have you ever heard of a "Doxford Oil Engine" ?

I had to look it up.

They used them in ships and there are very few left.

Here is a record of one such ship on its final voyage to the scrap man.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k6sOQLKuro

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Did you know that if Western Australia became a country in its own right it would be the 10th largest country in the world.

On the other hand their capital city, Perth, is the most remote city in the world meaning it has the greatest distance from them to the next city.

A great place to visit and a good place to live if you like a bit of space around you.

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Next week the Melbourne Film Festival will kick off.

I believe there will be over 100 film makers present with a number of world first releases.

Many of these folk are unknowns or experimental film makers and you do get some weird stuff.

Today we learnt that one of the films has a running time of 14 hours.

I hope there is an intermission.

http://miff.com.au/program

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Here is something to ponder.

New laws have been introduced to allow a person to change the gender on their birth certificate.

You can now be male or female or anything else you wish.

I suspect here I am showing my age but I was not aware there were more than 2 options.

I can understand that in a small number of cases there might be a need to do this but I have a feeling that there are going to be a few unintended consequences with this rather over the top response to a very real problem that does exist.

Imagine the fun some people in the future are going to have figuring out their family tree.

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Melbourne is often claimed to be the food capital of Australia.
I have no way to prove this but for sure we do like eating out and night life.

Recently some expert was asked to quantify this activity for the CBD.
That's the central bit, the city itself if you like.

The Council wanted to know since they were spending money on all sorts of stuff to promote this activity.

The answer that came back was around 4 Billion dollars a year.

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Most people know Melbourne has trams.

Less people know how extensive the tram network is.

I believe there is currently 250 km of double track most of it on roads.
There are about 500 trams.

I also heard on the news yesterday that there are on average 3 accidents a day between trams and cars.

It appears that many drivers, especially visitors do not appreciate
how heavy a tram is and the stopping distance.
They also haven't figured out the things can not swerve out of the way.

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