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  1. 6 points
    luisenrique

    Armageddon Thread

    Hmm, where do I start? How about the time I was in a taxi surrounded by masked protestors aiming bricks at the windshield, who started letting air of out of the tyres? @StringerBellend, nothing in the minibar and no porn on the tele. Thanks everyone for all your messages. It's good to back, although the uncertainty of when I get out of quarantine is slightly unnerving. I haven't got a place to live or a job...not sure if I'll even be able to rent a place while unemployed. Obviously I've started looking for work but who knows if/when I'll find something. Been looking at airbnbs in case I can't rent, the prices are eye-watering. I have enough savings to last a while but this isn't how I intended to spend them! Then the fact that I won't be able to see anyone for 90 days...it's surreal being back here, and potentially not being able to actually meet anyone again for 3 months (or more??) The irony is there are two cities in South America where I know I can have a job (provided the schools don't shut down, which they probably will). So who knows, I might end up going back if I can't find something here, if this ever ends. Anyway, to give you an idea of why I left...this is where I was living... https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/03/theyre-leaving-us-to-die-ecuadorians-plead-for-help-as-virus-blazes-deadly-trail https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/03/americas/guayaquil-ecuador-overwhelmed-coronavirus-intl/index.html It's heartbreaking really, especially since I know a lot of people there. Makes you realise how lucky we are over here.
  2. 6 points
    Davo

    Armageddon Thread

    On the question of to mask or not to mask, it’ll be the result of a risk assessment. Would we be better off if everyone wore a mask every time they left the house? Absolutely. But would the benefits outweigh the risks? At the first sign of a pandemic society lost its collective mind and panic bought toilet paper like it was a dysentery outbreak. Imagine how much worse the run on masks would be If we were told we need to wear them. I guarantee we’d have shortages pretty quickly. Vulnerable people and healthcare workers will go without while knobs have their two year supply of masks gathering dust next to their two year supply of toilet paper they raided from a rural Woolies. The risks associated with going outside without a mask are fairly low right now. The risks associated with a shortage are huge and will kill people.
  3. 6 points
    marron

    Armageddon Thread

    Re: masks, yeah, I'd happily wear one to the shops...... any idea where I can get one? Katoomba was dead AF yesterday - woolies fairly normal, but, the mood was a bit more intense, it was noticeable. Interesting. Re: the schools thing, I'd like to know more; I mean, are those cases kids who have tested positive who go to those schools, or are they kids who have been going, or what? Can't see the schools closing this week. Attendance is at like 10% across the state anyway. Anyone else seen the suggestion that the reason why the Ruby Princess passengers were just let off was because MP Alex "Hillsong" Hawke's family were on board? Nothing would surprise me less.
  4. 5 points
    wendybr

    Armageddon Thread

    To Jack's comment above - maybe it does come down to your age, and other special considerations, such as the age and health of those you closely interact with, as to whether you feel you need additional protection or not, when out on a visit to the shops? Smoggy's observation makes me very uncomfortable - people with their hands all over fruit etc. Anyway- Some of you have responded positively when I have shared here some of what my students write .I often feel privileged to read their writing. The Corona virus has been in my consciousness strongly, because it's been in theirs - since last November. This is a piece I can share, to illustrate its impact on these young people - even if their own families haven't been directly affected. This is this girl's own words - I haven't edited it yet. You'll get the picture tho. It's a reflection on a powerful experience, which has taught her something. Humans can be changed by many things, such as a challenge that happened, a quote from someone who’s influential, or by the actions of an influential person. I grew up in a family which is a bit different compared to the other kids around me, this did influence me and changed some of my innermost being. When I was younger, my father and my mother have migrated to Australia, and I was left in China and raised by my grandfather and grandmother. As an elderly people, they have more experience and more knowledge than me, but not a good education. I have always thought that I needed to work harder than the other student in my school, because my parents are not able to teach me work. Grandfather and grandmother have always tried their best to teach me and raise me up just like the others. In year five, I myself moved to Sydney to live with my parents. My grandfather and grandmother lived in China by their own, and sometimes aunties will come to visit them. In that time, I’m still immature and playing and living like a child, always thinking how I can of enjoying myself. When I grew a bit older and went to high school, my parents divorced, and I stayed with my mother. I always hated my father, because I think he left me and mother, because he doesn’t love us anymore. After he moved out from our place, he still comes back to visit me and I always trying to escape from him by finding reasons of not being at home. My father always told me to call and talk to my grandparents, he told me that time passes quickly and they’re becoming older and older. I never listened and just thought that he is trying to annoy me. Because my parent has divorced, I have always stayed with my grandparents on my mother’s side when I went back to China. After I realized that I had not paid enough attention to the other grandparents who raised me, I knew I have to spend more time with my grandparents, I tried my best to accompany them at same time I was staying with my grandparents (on my mother’s side) this year when I went back. When I went back and visited my grandfather, he seemed much older, his hair became grey and there’s more wrinkles on his face. It made me think back to the memories when I was in primary school, he always picked me up and drove me to my school. Later tears starting to roll inside my eyes, millions of thoughts and memories rushed into my brain and i was blaming myself how I should of tried my best to taking more care of my grandparents and accompany them when I can, with more of my time. The day I would be on the airline back to Australia was my grandfather’s birthday, so before I would leave, I was planning to buy him a birthday cake on the day before,. But before I went to their place, my grandfather called me and told me don’t come, since he’d been coughing for the whole day, in case not to give me the sickness and cannot return to Australia on the day after. At the end of 2019, the Coronavirus had an outbreak within China, and it also began to spread to my city. Grandfather had a lung problem, which made me extremely worried about him, however, there’s no way he can get it confirmed weather if it is his old problem, a cold or the worst situation, and he could be infected with the virus, since the hospitals are all being used for the Coronavirus. I tried to get more information from him about his health, but he hang-up the phone in a hurry, ending in a sobbing tone. I started to be feel anxious and concerned, thinking of my grandfather’s health. Tears got out of control and burst out of my eyes and run down my face. I was feeling weak all over but couldn’t help with anything. My mother and my grandparents (on my mother’s side) were trying to comfort me and calm me down, everyone close to me in my family knew that my grandfather was so close to me and always treated me like a princess. After I returned to Australia, I keep on confirming if my grandfather is okay, and asking how he was going. Luckily, it’s always a positive answer so far. This made me learn to take what I have in the moment and take it as a treasure, to always accompany family and we should take care with our own body.
  5. 5 points
    Smoggy

    Armageddon Thread

    Yeah...its moving too fast to see what it is?
  6. 4 points
    luisenrique

    Armageddon Thread

    Still trying to find it, let me know if you get any leads
  7. 4 points
    wendybr

    Armageddon Thread

    Well ...I could! Most people here probably don't remember the WSF scarf opportunity. Hahaha!
  8. 4 points
    sonar

    What Floats Your Boat 4

    Everyone got into the spitit of the occasion.....a lot of laughs. Family catch ups are usually very noisy...this was no different.....lol
  9. 4 points
    marron

    What Floats Your Boat 4

    My family got annoyed with each other because no-one could hear each other and work out how to communicate effectively. so much "what?" "no, you need to..." "turn that thing off" "who's that" "I can't see" "grandma can't hear you, speak up" "we need to mute uncle joe" etc etc. So, just like old times.
  10. 4 points
    sonar

    Armageddon Thread

    For me being in constant contact with my 90 year old dad, masks and gloves when out makes sense....but yeah for some folks social distancing means zip.
  11. 4 points
    Smoggy

    Armageddon Thread

    I had to go out to a pharmacy yesterday, i went on my own as a quick trip to the centre, not a family outing. Ok so they have these things stuck on the floor where you stand to space you out and the food court chairs taken away. Other than that it felt normal, it was as busy as a usual Saturday and people milling around close enough. People still picking over the fruit n veg with their hands to find the best ones. You still see plenty of people in their 80's or 90's milling around as well! You do think that they would be better staying home. The roads during the week suggest many go to work as usual although public transport numbers have dropped off. Compared to other countries and what they are doing to slow the spread we are VERY lucky we dont have more cases in my opinion. I honestly think we have had the warmer summer weather here (strong UV) to thank for that rather than just what the government is doing.
  12. 4 points
    JackDoff

    Armageddon Thread

    Fuuck masks and gloves , a big stick , like the Indian cops , to whack the fuuck out of morons not doing the right thing, is what we need! Social distancing? HA! Some of these people get that close , I feel like I’m on a date ffs!
  13. 4 points
    sonar

    What Floats Your Boat 4

    Definition of total chaos........= .....8 + family members from all over nsw + melb trying to have a chat via video hook up.....very funny and a lot of laughter also good to see everyone in the family in a happy mood, well and safe.
  14. 3 points
    sonar

    Armageddon Thread

  15. 3 points
    Smoggy

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 2

    Lederer is a man that would still buy the misshapen veg from woolies to save money. Dont know much about his background..perhaps he comes from a really poor background and old habbits die hard
  16. 3 points
    Smoggy

    Armageddon Thread

    WSF members scarf?
  17. 3 points
    Smoggy

    Armageddon Thread

    I was complaining about this before covid.
  18. 3 points
    wendybr

    Armageddon Thread

    It's still - heyyy - it's Sunday morning.!!
  19. 3 points
    Edinburgh

    Armageddon Thread

    What image?
  20. 2 points
    StringerBellend

    Armageddon Thread

    Let me know otherwise it’s back to watching the late night film on SBS in the hope of getting a glimpse of a lady’s part
  21. 2 points
    luisenrique

    Music Thread 4

  22. 2 points
    StringerBellend

    Armageddon Thread

    We are very fortunate here it’s good to hear you are safe
  23. 2 points
    luisenrique

    Armageddon Thread

    Isn't that the minimum time these restrictions will last for? I mean I know I can meet someone to exercise or as a 'romantic partner' ...
  24. 2 points
    wendybr

    Armageddon Thread

    Oh... just read the articles.... That's heartbreaking. And I suppose that will be happening all over, in poorer countries. Re us being lucky - yes. It makes me feel guilty, and a little unworthy, I think.
  25. 2 points
    Here is an example where the wealth of owners and the profit of the club has made no difference, Club wirh record profits puts its hand out for government funding of admin staff https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/apr/04/liverpool-become-latest-premier-league-club-to-furlough-non-playing-staff?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook#Echobox=1586017261 gobshites
  26. 2 points
    sonar

    Armageddon Thread

    I've got a couple of old members scarves.....free patterns on the web.....needle and cotton.....making my own Wanderers designer mask. Yes...I can sew....sort of....
  27. 2 points
    wendybr

    Armageddon Thread

    "...actively thinking about ways of mask use into the future..." Hmmmm. Australians advised against wearing face masks, for now at least http://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-04/coronavirus-covid-19-face-masks-paul-kelly-australians/12122042
  28. 2 points
    wendybr

    Armageddon Thread

    So much contradictory material around isn't there? My kids wore masks to school for the few weeks before they were given permission to undertake remote learning (a week before people here started withdrawing their kids, and parents were asked to keep kids at home if they could). Their parents in China, and their guardians were insistent that they did wear them...and the kids were desperate to do so too. As the societies who must surely know the most about these outbreaks, why wouldn't the Asian nations also be best placed to know about what is a potentially worthwhile protective measure??? They aren't idiots. Secondly, if it's considered essential for healthcare workers, if it's mandatory for people travelling on planes etc to wear marks, why might it not be beneficial to ordinary members of the public?? The stuff coming out here about how it isn't recommended seems quite contradictory to me. I honestly don't trust so much of what our "experts" here have said and done. I don't actually believe that in this era, they can say, "We don't really know if masks, properly worn, are worthwhile for the public, or not....Let's think about it for a while. And by the way, they are in short supply and are needed for front line medical staff, so people don't need to be wearing them...yet." Totally unconvincing. Yesterday it was ( from the US, I think......"Oh dear, maybe when we sneeze it goes more like 2 or 2.5 metres, rather than the 1.5 metres we should keep as a distance" (paraphrasing something I read) As if they wouldn't know!. IDK. If our experts say "Masks are desperately needed in hospitals, and everyone else should just stay at home," that makes sense to me. It's a mish mash of ideas coming through, and I don't know why we basically don't hear from the Asian nations above anyone else for advice, and wearing masks has been mandatory there during the outbreak, fro what I understand.
  29. 2 points
    Smoggy

    Armageddon Thread

    They were open, now they are closed, ScoMo based his school decision using Singapore as an example....
  30. 2 points
    sonar

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 2

    That's my suspicion as well.
  31. 2 points
    marron

    Music Thread 4

    My old band used to cover the old sunshine. Sounded a little like this one:
  32. 2 points
    Carns

    Music Thread 4

    RIP Bill Withers
  33. 2 points
    Ossified

    Music Thread 4

  34. 1 point
    wendybr

    Armageddon Thread

    Sorry - yes I amended my post. We don't know for how long. Some NRL bigwig reckons the NRL will be up and running by June -...so....you never know your luck! For a moment, I thought you meant holed up in a hotel for 90 days.
  35. 1 point
    wendybr

    Armageddon Thread

    And fair enough too!
  36. 1 point
    wendybr

    Armageddon Thread

    And another thing in favour of masks is that it seems now that the % of asymptomatic people, who could nevertheless infect others, could be much higher than previous thought. So if those people were wearing masks (because it became the responsible thing to do), well... that would reduce the spread , regardless of whether wearers were gaining protection. Plus, I reckon it would be a good reminder to keep hands from touching your face, which I have become conscious that I do a lot.
  37. 1 point
    sonar

    Armageddon Thread

    Masks AND gloves should be compulsory if you go to shops like Westfield/Coles/Woolies/Aldi...etc...at least until the "curve" is trending downwards.
  38. 1 point
    Smoggy

    Armageddon Thread

    So over 100 cases in the quarantine hotels possibly, the Alfred outbreak and now reports of more school infections (9 schools).....but the numbers are either staying the same or going down (stable, flattening the curve etc....) something isn't adding up.
  39. 1 point
    mack

    Squad Development 2019/20 Part 2

    I don't think it would have mattered if Lederer was worth 100 billion dollars he'd still be standing down everyone to save cash. Lederer's time in charge has been much closer to the Mariners than Sydney FC once the "honeymoon period" ACL win (the setup for which started long before he bought the club) is removed from the equation.
  40. 1 point
    marron

    What Floats Your Boat 4

    **** wedding anniversary like a month ago
  41. 1 point
    Smoggy

    What Floats Your Boat 4

    Been together since late teens Wedding photo looks like i have just nicked off school for the day
  42. 1 point
    Kitto

    Music Thread 4

    "There is nothing that is wrong In wanting you to stay here with me I know you've got somewhere to go But won't you make yourself at home and stay with me? And don't you ever leave" #stayathome
  43. 1 point
    Ossified

    Music Thread 4

    Another 1960's Group from Liverpool; and 50 yrs later can still sound exactly like...... then.
  44. 1 point
    HollowedHeart

    Off Topic Thread 4

    the wanderers just sent me an email telling me "we'll see you on the other side", is that a threat? cause it sounds like one
  45. 1 point
    Kitto

    Music Thread 4

  46. 1 point
    MathyouWSW

    Music Thread 4

  47. 1 point
    luisenrique

    Music Thread 4

    'The future's uncertain and the end is always near.'
  48. 1 point
    wendybr

    Off Topic Thread 4

    Good thinking, but it's a bit different for me. Only got 2 senior EAL/D classes, but support others across the school, and have a high level welfare and admin role for our International kids (as Int Student Coordinator). Currently trying to arrange all the stuff required for the immediate enrolment of 2 more Internationals, as well as talking to some kids who have retreated back home to China temporarily, but who are still enrolled and working on Google Classrooms. Good times! as the kids say...but I'm still in my PJs...having been at it solidly since 8.15, which is when we start. I'm not bored tho!
  49. 1 point
    marron

    Off Topic Thread 4

    Yep I think that seperation of space is really important. I don't know how your school is operating Wendy but I'd also suggest trying to keep to timetable and routines and stuff. LIke, even if you are just setting work for the day/week - if you have year 9 on friday last period (like, that's how it works, isn't it, always), make that the time that you actually check in and mark their work or whatever.
  50. 1 point
    Carns

    Off Topic Thread 4

    I've worked from home the last 6 years. I can understand the social isolation when you are used to being surrounded by hundreds of people a day. I make a point of talking to my colleagues regularly (both work and non work related) to maintain a connection. Another thing I do is have separate spaces for my work and living. For me, I set myself up for work in the dining room, and don't spend much time in that space outside of work hours (easier with a laptop rather than a desktop). My partner sets herself up in our office and she does the same. I find it easier to have a dedicated working space that I can leave at the end of the day and not return to/think about. I do find it difficult at times switching off when I work from home (can respond to emails at all times of the day and night) but I make a point of trying to avoid that outside of business hours (where practical), and definitely don't look at my work phone or open my emails after Friday afternoon until Monday morning. For me the benefits outweigh any negatives, but you have to take the time to maintain relationships whilst locked at home. I have worked with people who couldn't handle it because they need the social interaction. Which is why I make a point of maintaining connections with people.
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