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truck last won the day on August 4 2017

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  1. Not my normal place but everywhere else was banked up on servicing - now I know why!
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    Not sure about this. Try living in QLD when the CMO here has a completely different view on risk than we hear at a Federal level from that CMO. No idea who is right or wrong but just adds to the confusion. Interesting article in The Age today about the hotel quarantine debacle where it talks about how differently health issues are managed between Vic and NSW - Vic uses untrained security guards and NSW uses the police. And some suggestion that it may all be tied back to quarantine failures; https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/hotel-infection-data-kept-secret-as-opposition-calls-for-ministers-to-be-dumped-20200714-p55by9.html
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    Garmin watches help

    Solar? as in a dirty big solar panel on it?? Otherwise try the Fenix 5s plus which gives you spotify as well. Better deal that the 6 and if you look around and wait for a sale you can normally get them in the $4-500 range
  4. That's exactly where I was thinking of taking it 😀 With another bike that had a rushed service done at 99 Bikes in Indro he took great pleasure in ripping apart what they had done and also what they should have done. That bike was literally unrideable after 99 had had it - I mean who doesn't properly test ride a bike after major work?? Bike was perfect after Bikeology fixed it.
  5. Thanks will do. It's one of those really annoying problems that doesn't happen consistently so you keep thinking it's sorted out until the next ride when it happens. Other option as well (as per your other comment) is I know a really pedantic mechanic who runs a small shop - wouldn't buy a bike there but could well be the guy to sort this out if I need him to.
  6. Been running this stuff for about 3 months now. The only positive thing I can say is that it has 24spd and that’s it. Always have run Shimano up until now but went with this because it came on the bike and was a good deal (I wonder why??). Biggest issue has been multiple times the chain comes off and that’s both off the small ring and the large ring - we’re talking 2 out of 3 rides and sometimes 2-3x within a ride. I’m so used to it now I can get it back on without stopping and, typically, the next change is absolutely fine. It’s been back to the shop and I get marginal improvements for a while which then disappear. I also find it so slow compared to Shimano to change gear particularly on the front rings. So if anyone wants to do a DI2 swap let me know...
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    It’s just delaying the inevitable for some - I know someone who has already been told that when job keeper finishes then they will be retrenched. All it’s done is help the business owner increase margins in the short term. I think that money would have been better directed to growing businesses and not dying ones.
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    If there’s a vaccine you will be required to have it or you won’t be allowed out. That’s the way it has to work. Tough luck for the anti vaxxers. Flip side is that I don’t think there will be one any time soon - all that positive noise from the researchers was to grab the funding, that’s what they live off. We live in the UQ precinct and there’s no positive noises around here....
  9. Don’t dismiss the hip flexor thing - I’ve had occasional back issues directly related to that. Try David Bick at QSMC at the Gabba.
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    I think the problem is that we have now proved that staying very still and very quiet will not make this go away and suddenly the world will return the normal. Australia has spent a fortune propping up its economy in the hope of a magical cure - this is unsustainable. There are a number of people I know who will unemployed once jobkeeper finishes so that 8% unemployment rate currently showing will move higher. As less people work, less tax is paid and therefore less available for helping out the people who genuinely need it. We don't need to go from where we are to a free-for-all with no social distancing/lack of hygiene - just somewhere in between.
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    Right from the start the strategy weighed heavily on finding a vaccine. So what if there isn't one and this is the new norm? Does the current strategy of closed borders become the new Australia? Or are we going to start thinking about how we can live with it and reduce the risk to a manageable level? From today's Age; We could do with more straight talk on the economy Shaun Carney Columnist for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald As he left the chief medical officer’s post, Brendan Murphy summed up the concept of certainty at the dawn of the COVID-19 age. “I think it's likely we will get a vaccine,” he told the ABC. “How effective it will be, we don't know.” If he’s not sure, what are the rest of us to think? In our fourth months of various versions of the initial lockdown phase, we've reached the stage where each piece of encouraging news is followed by another piece of news that can leave us as flat as a tack. This is nowhere more prevalent than on the subject of the development of a vaccine. The world’s best scientists are on the case, there’s great competition! Maybe it’s only six months away! Might be a couple of years or more. Very encouraging in trials. Perhaps they’ll never develop a vaccine; look at the failures with the common cold. Even if we get a vaccine, we can’t be sure it will work that well. Take your pick. This is in no way a criticism of Murphy or the dedicated scientists doing their best to help us cope with and hopefully defeat the virus. Through their work, they have saved many lives. But it is a reflection on what seems to be an unavoidable reality of this moment: even the experts are only semi-informed about the thing they’re fighting and about what we can expect down the track. At best, we can suppress it and Australia’s governments and community have done a very good job of that. But the evidence internationally and here – specifically, in Victoria – is that once the restrictions that led to the suppression are relaxed, the virus seeks new hosts and victims and a new wave of infections begins. This is caused by a combination of human nature and the virulence of the coronavirus. We are social beings, we regard our freedoms as ours by right and our default position is one of optimism. Optimism drove our thinking back in March when the lockdown period began – after a few difficult months things would surely return to normal. We want to look at our lives and the world this way. It was certainly how the Prime Minister Scott Morrison framed it for us. Remember the snapback we were told to expect when the economy ended its six-month hibernation period at the close of September? Saving lives and saving jobs? Memories. Most of the big-ticket financial support mechanisms to aid Australians – JobSeeker and JobKeeper - were constructed to reflect the notion that this would essentially be a passing phase. The nation, or more specifically our economy, could emerge in a functional form once we got through that tough half-year. How is that looking? The economy is in a dire place. The Melbourne Institute estimates that GDP has shrunk by 2.3 per cent in the June quarter and confirms that we are in a recession. The gradual reopening of society and parts of the economy might ease the economic pain but with restrictions still hampering so many businesses because of the need for social distancing, that cannot get us out of recession. And is Victoria an outlier or will the greater congregations in other states also create more cases? Every medical person I spoke to at the beginning of the lockdown was certain that more infections would follow a loosening of restrictions, given the highly infectious nature of the virus. What seems clear is that for a long time ahead, the economy is going to be working at a reduced speed. Brendan Murphy volunteered that until a vaccine was available, we could not open our borders fully. Until then, they would likely be marked by restrictions. Think about what that will mean for two of our biggest export industries, tourism and education. If the Chinese reduce their demand for our iron ore, we’ll be in even more trouble. And then there is America. The infantile behaviour of not just Donald Trump and his Republican Party – it is definitely his party now – and tens of millions of his anti-science supporters is wrecking the US economy, which plays an enormous role in keeping our economy afloat. We have shown ourselves to be better than the US at every level of government and across our society, panic-buying and social distancing breaches notwithstanding. But we could do with more straight talk on the economy. If the ex-chief medical officer, now the incoming secretary of the federal health department, can admit to uncertainty about the efficacy of any COVID-19 vaccine, the government must share similar uncertainty about the future. The convention is to expect that governments know what they’re doing, but we’re not operating in that space right now. When the contagion took hold in March, the Prime Minister and his ministers and bureaucrats had little choice but to make up policies as they went along – a series of stabs in the dark, as evidenced by the massive miscalculation on the cost of JobKeeper. The basic assumption behind every government measure since the coronavirus arrived here was to put up defensive measures to limit its spread and wait for a vaccine to come along. We all live in hope that an effective vaccine will come along soon. But we should also consider what we will do if it does not. Shaun Carney is a regular columnist and a vice-chancellor's professorial fellow at Monash University.
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    Good article in today's AFR. Maybe time to start thinking about the damage being done elsewhere due to the covid-19 focus at all costs? Virus hysteria misses bigger picture Comment John Kehoe With the military on standby to fight the coronavirus in Victoria and political and media hysteria in full swing about a potential ‘‘second wave’’, new mortality statistics bring some desperately needed perspective to the COVID-19 situation in Australia. More than 33,000 Australians died of other causes in the three months between January and March – chiefly cancer, influenza, pneumonia, heart disease, dementia and diabetes, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The figures don’t fully capture some deaths such as suicides, which past recessions show will increase due to the pandemic lockdown inflicting job losses and social dislocation. Only one person – a Victorian man in his 80s – has died from COVID-19 in the past month, and 104 people in Australia have died from the virus since early this year. Almost 70 per cent of people who died with COVID-19 had pre-existing chronic conditions, according to the ABS data based on death certificates. Most of those who sadly died were aged in their late 70s and 80s. Doctors issued record amounts of death certificates in late March and for the first quarter of the year. But it wasn’t due to COVID-19. Rather, there was a large jump in deaths attributed to non-COVID-19 respiratory disease, influenza, pneumonia, diabetes and dementia in the final week of March – well above historic averages. More than 1200 people died from respiratory diseases in the month, and the week ending March 31 had the highest death count. ‘‘Excess mortalities’’ from non-COVID-19 respiratory diseases was 137 people above the five-year March average, a 13 per cent increase. The rise in influenza and pneumonia deaths in the week ending March 31 was stark – the exact week panicky politicians imposed widespread shutdowns and people movement restrictions. Maybeitwasaparticularlybad seasonaltimeforthefluorastatistical aberration.Butit’salsoplausiblethatthe lockdownandtheterrifyingwarnings scaredpeoplefromgoingtothedoctor andhospitaltoseektreatmentthatcould havesavedtheirlives. A sonographer friend tells me she’s recently seen patients belatedly return for scans, only to discover new cancers had spread aggressively after people delayed appointments during the COVID-19 panic. Unintended consequences and trade-offs like these, too often treated as taboo by politicians and innumerate people not trained in cost-benefit analysis, deserve a better public airing as Victoria tries to contain an uptick in virus numbers. Politicians will be held and feel accountable for every single person who dies from COVID-19, but they will receive no scrutiny for under-the-radar deaths occurring on a much larger scale. Nationally, 37 new coronavirus cases were reported in Australia as of Thursday. Thirty-three new cases were in Victoria, after nine consecutive days of double-digit case growth. Of the more than 150 active cases in the state, less than 10 Victorians were in hospital. It seems much of the community transmission was via extended families – some with limited English language ability to understand government rules – practising lax social distancing behind closed doors in homes. Other sick people broke rules by venturing out. Thereislittleempiricalevidence peoplegoingto cafesandrestaurants weretheroot causeofthevirus spreading.Soit’sunfortunatethese businessesandtheir workerswillsuffer fromVictoriadelayingincreasingvenue capacitylimitsto 50people,fromthe current20peoplerule. Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy recently told a Senate inquiry the most effective measure to stem the virus was the mandatory two-week quarantining of returned overseas travellers. Almost 70 per cent of cases were imported from overseas and there was minimal community transmission. Great testing and contact tracing by health authorities, sensible social distancing rules and basic hygiene helped too. Across the six other states and territories, there were zero new cases as of Wednesday. Yet there are claims we are verging on a second virus wave. Australia never really had a first wave. We should remain alert to the virus. But responses must be proportional and not spiral into alarmism that risks sinking confidence and adding to the more than 1.5 million jobless.
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    From about 6 weeks ago...
  14. Sorry to see that Alex - heavily lent on your insights to racing with power together with Fishboy's aerodynamics to get the most out of an ok engine over the years. But also understand your comment. Steve
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    NBN Options

    Must admit was reticent to go NBN due to the stories and we had good telstra service just under 100mbps. However, moved house and bit the bullet. Download speed pretty close to what we had, upload materially faster, ping time a bit slower (all in the middle of the day in an area where there are a lot of people/students working from home. Only slight negative was to keep foxtel meant going with an external dish (apparently foxtel doesn't run on NBN?) so we ditched that and no big loss. Switched to fetch and amazon so with broadband package saving around $60 a month.
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