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The Sports Desk / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
Thry, I know that is cheap - that's the scary bit.  Do you know why fees are so high?

Summer basketball for a local team is $360 (expensive, I would have thought)
The Sports Desk / Re: 2022 FIFA World Cup
'Community Club' near us $575 to register for soccer (U12-U21).  Also have to try out to get in. 6 month season.

Tennis: $95 for a junior to play comp - Annual membership
Cricket: $135 - 6 month season
Aussie Rules: ~$210 - 6 month season

Rort of the highest order.
Blah-Blah Bar / Re: Halloween....
Bit of fun for the kids - they get to dress up and walk around the neighbourhood, go to houses that welcome them for trick or treat and everyone is in a good mood and having a good time.

No one is bothered if you participate or don't.

The reserve that I grew up across the road from had a row of pine trees.  Every Guy Fawkes night the fire truck was required to come to put out a fire in the pine trees, caused by fireworks.
Blah-Blah Bar / Re: General Discussions
In Singapore there is a minimum stay at an AirBnB of either 6 or 9 nights (I've forgotten which).  Smart.

It would be interesting to know how much housing is lost to potential long term renters due to short stay accom.
Blah-Blah Bar / Re: CV and mad panic behaviour
Just been to SIngapore.  Interesting that:
 - masks are compulsary on public transport - 100% of people wear them. (you wouldn't know that in Melbourne)
 - masks optional in Taxis - some drivers asked us to wear them, others didn't care
 - masks were optional on the flight home - it seemed that most non-caucasians wore them, not many caucasians did
Mainly cultural/regime differences, but interesting.
Blah-Blah Bar / Re: RIP Queen Elizabeth II
Her Majesty was a remarkable woman.  To serve as she did with grace, humility and poise without complaint for 70 years makes her one of the best leaders the world had seen during the time of the greatest amount of change.

I am ambivalent towards the royal family,  but have seen how they work during visits.   No way you would want to do what they have to.

Difficulties were with family management - Charles & Di, Charles and Camilla (early days), Andrew & Sarah, Andrew generally, Harry etc. This is where the biggest difficulties will lie for the monarchy and then KC III needs to gain respect - in a world that is fast losing any.

Blah-Blah Bar / Re: General Discussions
LP - Once upon a time Royal Commissions were a huge deal - only done by absolute necessity.  There were a lot more inquiries and less formal investigations, because there was an apolitical public service and possibly better oversight (red-tape!).

Now that a lot of the public service is contracted and senior bureaucrats a politically appointed, the other options aren't as effective.  That and it appears de-regulation and privitisation may not work as well as is often sprouted.

The cosmetic surgery industry does need to be cleaned up judging by the little I've seen - it is too big to go smaller than a royal commission - how to regulate, who would be responsible, minimal training requirements/qualifications etc.

In the meantime, the floods in Pakistan and civil war in Myanmar continue on and people are desperate!
Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 23 2022 Post Game Postulations Carlton vs Collingwood
Another cracking game of footy unfortunately, our boys only turned up half way through the second quarter, and left half way through the last.  Collingwood did a lot of little things well.  Voss was excellent in the press conference.  It was great to see the disappointment of the players - they know they had plenty of opportunity to get into the 8 but stuffed it up - basically many moments throughout the season in games which may not have mattered in that game itself, but overall had an effect on where we finished.  (Yes, there were moments that did matter in games).  We won a couple of close ones.  Lost a couple of close ones, as others have said, if ultimately our defence was 10 points better (<.5 points a games) we were in.

Some players surprised from last season - not many players went backwards.  What the changes are off season remain to be seen -  I think we only need to make three, but with Jones, Williamson gone, possibly Ed C off the list, there they are.

This will drive the team to be better next year.
Blah-Blah Bar / Re: CV and mad panic behaviour
Anti-vaxxing [email protected]#nts!
If you don't mind, I'd rather have the choice not to be your friend!

This was written in the 50s, but not released until the 80s.  I loved Tom Lehrer when growing up, along with Flanders and Swann.  A few of my faves are Be Prepared, Vatican Rag, Poisoning Pigeons in the park, The elements. 

Back to Covid - it is really weird how it affects everyone really differently, although the elements seem to be the same.  Also really weird how it is vastly different within a family.  Hope all get better quickly.
Blah-Blah Bar / Re: General Discussions
I believe Indigenous voice is about getting recognition of the first peoples into the constitution and then having an advisory group which doesn't fill a full parliamentary function.

Prof, Lydia is the other side of the fence to Pauline, so represents the other side of Pauline.   Or the way she carries on, just herself.
Robert Heatley Stand / Re: AFL Rd 18 2022 Post Game Postulations Carlton vs Geelong
I stopped watching after Cameron's goal in the third.

While we were harrassed at every opportunity, we panicked a bit and our ball handling was no good.  It was a good lesson from Geelong in showing us what is required to get to the top - hopefully we can thank them later and return it in spades.
The Sports Desk / Re: Kyrgios
Fascinating and engaging GF.  Djokovic was able to adjust his game when he needed to.  Kyrgios' outbursts were strange - 'You're not cheering/supporting me loudly enough' and aren't going to win anyone over.   It seems to be a cry for help - interesting in his post game interview where he gave credit to the mental strength of Roger, Raf and Novak with what they go through on a tournament by tournament basis.

Some people have that mental strength to cope, others don't.  This will be the decider for Kyrgios - having had a taste, does he want more, if so, is he going to get the help he needs.