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  1. Riversider, It isn't the Federal government that have closed down anything, other than people coming from abroad*. The States have been closing their own borders, and they've been doing it at the drop of hat, when covid cases increase. *The Federal government have been facilitating the rich and famous, sporting teams and movie stars to come here with allowances to isolate in their hotels or holiday homes. Everyone else has to go into mandated places for isolation. And that is what's pissing a lot of people here.There are some 300000 aussies worldwide that have been trying to come home since the start of the pandemic, and the federal government has paid lip-service to their plight. Our Prime Minister (AKA Scottie from Marketing) casually ignores these people. The other thing here is a little matter of delta stopping crowds at games. Our State Premiers are bricking themselves should an outbreak occur, look at NSW at the moment. There'll certainly be no UK supporters allowed into the country,though local UK supporters will watch on TV if they can't get into the grounds. If it goes ahead, I'll be at the front of the queue at Morrisons office (he's my local MP) giving it to him large, for not helping those stuck overseas.
  2. Gav, It's 10 pm here, 7 hours before KO, and tomorrow is monday, and the world down here is unforgiving, even in a corona virus situation
  3. Gav, you might get Boris to 'bring it home", just like the football🤩
  4. Den, just hope and pray that the delta virus doesn't get a hold in the UK. It is very contagious. We (in Sydney, a city of 5 mill) are back under lockdown after being relatively free of any restrictions for months. One person caused our problems. We are going to be in lockdown for at least two more weeks, probably longer. I just hope, for your sake, that no one at, or watching the football is infectious. Just tell everyone to get tested if they feel unwell, no matter how slight they feel unwell.
  5. Gav, after all these years out of the UK, I still like HP, though it's taste did change a little. I love it on fish, and of course on a BBQ snag (sausage) Hoping to wake up to an England win tomorrow.
  6. One problem, Gav. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP_Sauce Now produced in the Netherlands, unless something has happened since . Rev, you slighted a musical legend. Finally, all the best England, about time it happened. I'll never forgive Grasso for leaving his foot a couple of metres behind (slight exageration) Neill to draw a penalty.
  7. You're right of course ARA. It's all going tits up. So frustrating!
  8. Dreams, Many years ago, round about the time that the UK cast Australia and New Zealand adrift, it was said that those two countries could put a steak or lamb chop on your plate cheaper than your own farmers. Money talks. Without doubt, the cost (in ecological terms) is greater, but the end of the day, it's cash in the consumers pocket that will make the decision. Money Talks
  9. Agree entirely, as do the majority here. Trouble is, politics and money speaks. (politics meaning trading partners want live imports). A similar analogy would be the UK exporting arms to countries.
  10. How much live exports does Aus do to the UK? Live exports to other countries, yep, but at their request, and yep, a lot of Aussies find it deplorable too. Remember, we've never had "mad Cow", such is our determination to keep our herd healthy.
  11. So, you've no problem with the appropriately approved beef and lamb being imported to the UK, given that it's at the same (or above) the UK standard?
  12. Den, a little information on the beef produced here. Check the last para. https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/consumer/generalissues/hormonalgrowth/Pages/default.aspx About 40% of our beef is organic, so it's possible to import beef that satisfies the UK requirements. I've been here 50+ years, and am still standing on the right side of the grass. edit: Just a bit more info, Den https://www.mla.eu/articles/food-safety/how-we-ensure-that-red-meat-for-the-eu-is-hormone-free/
  13. If this works, we'll be ok and back to normal: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-17/queensland-coronavirus-antiviral-treatment-covid-19/100144370
  14. Chaddy, believe that at your peril. The world, as we knew it, will not be returning anytime soon.
  15. Here are the individual replies from the clubs involved. Make up your own mind as to whether there is any sincerity in any of them. "The Arsenal board said they did not intend to "cause such distress" and that they joined the Super League because they "did not want to be left behind" and wanted to ensure the club's future. "Our aim is always to make the right decisions for this great football club, to protect it for the future and to take us forward," they added. "We didn't make the right decision here, which we fully accept." Manchester United said that they "remain committed to working with others across the football community to come up with sustainable solutions to the long-term challenges facing the game". Liverpool said the club had "received representations from various key stakeholders, both internally and externally" before reaching their decision and thanked them for their "valuable contributions". Levy said that Tottenham felt it was "important" to take part in "a possible new structure that sought to better ensure financial fair play and financial sustainability whilst delivering significantly increased support for the wider football pyramid". He added: "We should like to thank all those supporters who presented their considered opinions." Chelsea said that after having had "time to consider the matter fully" they had decided that their "continued participation in these plans would not be in the best interests of the club, our supporters or the wider football community". Manchester City said they have "formally enacted the procedures to withdraw from the group developing plans for a European Super League". I'm with AllRoverAsia on this. They must receive some kind of sanction because of the underhanded way they did this, behind the backs of other football clubs.
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