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7 hours ago, goughy said:

Nearly caused my first car accident today.  Never had one before, let alone at fault.

But I didn't, so my streak continues!

I’ve been in lots. Even caused 1 or 2. 

Best one was rear ending a police highway patrol car.

why is that in the good news thread? 

Well I got away with it and the cops got in trouble for it.  :lol: 

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On 28/03/2019 at 7:03 PM, ComfortablyNumb said:

Can't give too many details, but my wife & her boss are helping a family of political asylum seekers settle in our town (and trust me, they need it - the husband who was in the Govt (right at the top) is dying has already been jailed in his country for trying to expose Govt corruption and worse).  They have 5 kids & the girls have found them a house, furniture including stuff donated by Vinnies & the Salvos, her boss has spent $500 of her own money getting them things.  The husband won't last very long he is so ill, but just wants to see his family settled safely here.  Hopefully he'll live past tomorrow to see that.

Full story will be on The Project tonight.

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I'm watching (I was anyway, but more intently now).

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After a week away at Mums, putting flowers on Dad's grave and then taking a nasty fall trail running, I was feeling a bit low. Came home today and there is a chq from the tax man informing me I've overpaid by £940. 👍

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7 hours ago, FatPom said:

Came home today and there is a chq from the tax man informing me I've overpaid by £940. 👍

Sounds like something that happens in Monopoly. :)

Now go directly to Mayfair...

 

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12 hours ago, FatPom said:

After a week away at Mums, putting flowers on Dad's grave and then taking a nasty fall trail running, I was feeling a bit low. Came home today and there is a chq from the tax man informing me I've overpaid by £940. 👍

Deposit for a new bike to celebrate 😄

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Had breakfast this morning with Ratty, Stikman and Humdrum. Was nice seeing the band get back together. :D

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8 minutes ago, Ayto said:

Some of you will know a little of my story from the Mental Health thread, but thought it was timely to post a brief update here.

After some 28 years in the finance and insurance industries, I have earlier this week given notice for my current role with NAB. 

I have spent a good part of my adult life in various volunteering capacities, however over the last 4 years or so I have been devoting a fair amount of spare time to a local group that advocates for young people in our region by way of improving wellbeing and educational outcomes via a number of various strategies and programs.  The business has grown considerably after receiving various funds from federal grants as well as philanthropic foundations.

Long story short is that they approached me to see if I would consider working with them full time, and they have developed a role around my skill set and interests, so I really didn't have a choice!! I start with them at the end of the month.

Looking forward to contributing on a larger scale and making a difference for these young people.

Ayto

All the best Ayto.

Similar story to one of my staff. After 42 years in the telecommunications industry, he has been spending more time with a couple of volunteer agencies he is a part of. He is currently in Melbourne this week at their AGM. Long story short, I gave him his paperwork yesterday, and he leaves at the end of the month. He gets a very generous redundancy, and is going to spend the next year full time as a volunteer before stepping into a role with one of them. He was nervous about it all, but relieved yesterday when it finally hit that "no return" point.

 

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37 minutes ago, Ayto said:

Some of you will know a little of my story from the Mental Health thread, but thought it was timely to post a brief update here.

After some 28 years in the finance and insurance industries, I have earlier this week given notice for my current role with NAB. 

Great stuff Steve - it doesn't surprise me you'd be volunteering to help others. Hope it turns out great for you.

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On 03/05/2019 at 7:14 PM, Ex-Hasbeen said:

. He was nervous about it all, but relieved yesterday when it finally hit that "no return" point.

 

^^^ I understand this completely.

As well as a considerable hit to the pay packet, I will be foregoing a significant amount of cash in deferred incentives and other taking other hits to the bank account, but sometimes there is more to life than money.

Will do it a little tough for the next month or 2, but should settle after that.  We are very fortunate our business is chugging along ok so it offsets some of the above.

Now that my decision is made it's a completely different outlook!

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Byron Bay Tri, wetsuit optional swim.  Winner, winner chicken dinner.

Geez it's gotten soft.  They've also moved the course inshore & probably shortened it a bit due to the chop.  I recall doing the Woolgooga Master Games Tri in about 2003 where the swim was like the mid-Atlantic, no wetties, full course.

Still, I'll take it as ocean swimming has me spooked since Noosa :blush:

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8 minutes ago, ComfortablyNumb said:

Byron Bay Tri, wetsuit optional swim.  Winner, winner chicken dinner.

Geez it's gotten soft.  They've also moved the course inshore & probably shortened it a bit due to the chop.  I recall doing the Woolgooga Master Games Tri in about 2003 where the swim was like the mid-Atlantic, no wetties, full course.

Still, I'll take it as ocean swimming has me spooked since Noosa :blush:

With this westerly, how could there be chop. I saw some video of the Sunshine Coast & it's like the dam I swim in.

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1 hour ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

With this westerly, how could there be chop. I saw some video of the Sunshine Coast & it's like the dam I swim in.

Yeah. went down and had a look & correct Ex.  Very windy, but hardly any chop.  From the text we got, the wettie option is more about the air temp (cold wind) than the water temp?  Works for me though - now that I have a 3/4 wettie instead of my full-length straight-jacket.

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A fun day, 4th out of 17 mixed teams (with 2 parentals in the team).  Daughter held sub 5-min kms for 10kms which she was very happy about.  My 1500m swim was 6 mins quicker than Noosa, but I think it was only about 1300m, plus a wetsuit, plus very calm water.

Byron appears to be the Aussie capital of cyclists with no helmets....which is mad considering the traffic through the main drag.

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The back of the t-shirts our youngest organised....and there is some sort of Instagram video thingy she is doing 🤷‍♂️

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