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by melpax
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 400
Views: 20748

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

Stage 4 business restrictions in Melbourne have been announced. Nearly all non-food & beverage retail to close, though they are able to operate on an online & click and collect basis. Main exceptions are banks, pharmacies, gas stations, post offices, newsagents & dry cleaners. Hardware s...

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by melpax
Sun Aug 02, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 400
Views: 20748

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

At least they kept the 'botttle shops' open... If Dan ordered the bottle shops closed, there would have been riots! Getting Serious, all of Melbourne has been back at stage 3 for the last 3 weeks, with some of the worst hit suburbs placed in lockdown over a month ago. Bars/Pubs & Gyms were orde...

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by melpax
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 400
Views: 20748

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

Melbourne has been placed under stage 4 restrictions from 8PM tonight, for 6 weeks. New restrictions are; 8PM-5AM curfew for Melbourne Metro area, only exceptions to this are for work, health or compassionate grounds Only 1 person per household allowed out of home per day for shopping, which must be...

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by melpax
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 57
Views: 6100

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Melbourne will be placed into stage 4 lockdown from 8PM tonight, for 6 weeks ATM. Public Transport restricted Curfew in Melbourne Metro area between 8PM-5AM, only exceptions are for work, & medical and compassionate reasons Only 1 person per household allowed out of home to shop, within a 5KM ra...

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by melpax
Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 57
Views: 6100

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Any ETA on when restrictions on Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane end? Is AU successfully controlling the coronavirus? I have Chinese and American friends that want to visit. When travel between states is severely restricted, and Melbourne is cut off from the rest of Victoria, any lifting of interna...

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by melpax
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020
Replies: 57
Views: 6100

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - August 2020

Looks like stage 4 restrictions could be announced for Melbourne tomorrow, with the rest of Victoria looking like being placed back into stage 3. At this rate, unrestricted interstate travel from Victoria this side of Christmas looks very doubful.... https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/numbe...

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by melpax
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 400
Views: 20748

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

Looking like the lockdown measures in Melbourne will be tightened, with an announcement possibly tomorrow. Some of the rumours are non-essential businesses being forced to close, only 1 person per household being allowed allowed out of the house to shop, and being restricted to a 5km radius from you...

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by melpax
Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Wants to Postpone Election
Replies: 104
Views: 4719

Re: Trump Wants to Postpone Election

It can easily become non-political. In the UK, the respective Boundary Commissions apply a set of rules to draw and redraw constituency boundaries as populations grow, shrink and move. Their work is independent of government or local politicians and parties. The same thing applies in Australia, the...

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by melpax
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 400
Views: 20748

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0xgpF114o
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'Karen' gets taken down on Breakfast TV this morning....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz0xgpF114o

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by melpax
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 400
Views: 20748

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

'Sovereign Citizen' nutters are starting to become a nuisance here in Melbourne, with mask wearing in public now mandatory. One Karen has become notorious over the last couple of days for going into stores unmasked, and challenging store staff when asked why she wasn't masked up. Police got involved...

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by melpax
Sat Jul 25, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cathay Pacific/Dragon Retires The World's First A330
Replies: 42
Views: 9716

Re: Cathay Pacific/Dragon Retires The World's First A330

aemoreira1981 wrote:

No idea why TPE, but there is no scrapping facilities in Australia.


Not even Alice Springs?[/quote]

Alice Springs is purely storage, hence why when QF retire aircraft, they're usually flown to the Southern California boneyards

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by melpax
Tue Jul 21, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 400
Views: 20748

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

It will be mandatory to wear a mask when outside of the home in Melbourne as of Midnight tomorrow night. Only exceptions are if you have medical reasons for not being able to wear a mask (get ready to carry a Drs note), when running or cycling (you have to carry a mask on you though, for when you st...

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by melpax
Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54545

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

LTEN11 wrote:
melpax wrote:

It was nice of QF to do the flights at all.


True, not happy that lockdown has caused us down here to miss out!

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by melpax
Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54545

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itQaxQMZfCk

Would have been a nice gesture for QF to have one of the flights go over suburban MEL so those of us in lockdown could have one last glimpse of The Queen in QF colours from our backyards.
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Some of the QF 747 farewell fights have made it to Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itQaxQMZfCk

Would have been a nice gesture for QF to have one of the flights go over suburban MEL so those of us in lockdown could have one last glimpse of The Queen in QF colours from our backyards.

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by melpax
Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Popular movies that are now seen as Politically or socailly bad
Replies: 99
Views: 4111

Re: Popular movies that are now seen as Politically or socailly bad

Also saw a clip of Paul Hogan's work before he got discovered by Hollywood. Purely boobs and bums kind of humor. The original Paul Hogan Shows from the 70's-mid 80's were very popular in Australia, but interestingly, they were not regularly re-run since the show ended it's run in 1984. It's been at...

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by melpax
Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Hawaii reopening delayed until Sep. 1
Replies: 49
Views: 6853

Re: Hawaii reopening delayed until Sep. 1

There is no vaccine. This only delays the inevitable. Tell that to Australia, NZ, and Thailand.... Oh wait, they are mostly done and consumer confidence is being restored We're certainly not done with it here in OZ, with Melbourne back in stage 3 lockdown, and a strong possibility of having stage 4...

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by melpax
Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Garuda Indonesia Plans DPS-LAX/SFO/PAR/BOM/DEL
Replies: 46
Views: 6379

Re: Garuda Indonesia Plans DPS-LAX/SFO/PAR/BOM/DEL

The average American doesn't even know that Bali is in Indonesia. To be fair, I've been told the Australian government accepts "Bali" as a country on your incoming customs card. A good number of Aussies visiting Bali think that Bali is it's own country, and don't think of it as being part...

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by melpax
Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54545

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Melbourne Metro area & the adjoining Mitchell Shire (which includes towns such as Kilmore & Wallan that are basically outer suburbs) have had a lockdown reimposed for 6 weeks as of tomorrow night. Boo! https://www.theage.com.au/national/coronavirus-updates-live-global-covid-19-cases-surpass-...

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by melpax
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54545

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Some serious rumors that a wider lockdown will be reimposed in Melbourne later today - 191 new cases today :-(

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by melpax
Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54545

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

Further to the NSW/VIC border closure tomorrow night, NSW has declared all of the Melbourne Metro area a Coronavirus hot-spot, and will not allow anyone from the Melbourne Metro area into NSW as of Midnight tonight.....

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by melpax
Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020
Replies: 366
Views: 54545

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - July 2020

https://www.theage.com.au/national/vict ... 559cv.html
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The Victoria-NSW border will close at Midnight tomorrow night (Tuesday)....

https://www.theage.com.au/national/vict ... 559cv.html

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by melpax
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020
Replies: 400
Views: 20748

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - Q3 2020

Things getting worse in Melbourne. 108 new cases in Melbourne today, with 2 more postcode areas will be put into lockdown as of Midnight, so now 12 postcode areas across the Northern & Western suburbs have had lockdowns re-imposed. 9 Public housing towers have also been put into a hard lockdown ...

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by melpax
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 16308

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

Francoflier wrote:

I wonder how many lockdowns people will go through before they just start to go mental...
Good luck.


Already happening I'm afraid, divorce lawyers are flat out, and there are a lot more people with mental health issues that have been caused or exacerbated by the initial lockdown....

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by melpax
Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 16308

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

10 of the hardest-hit postcode areas (36 Suburbs) in Melbourne's Northern & Western suburbs have been ordered back into lockdown for 4 weeks as of midnight tomorrow (Wednesday) in an attempt to control the second wave that is hitting Melbourne. The State Premier has said that police will be mann...

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by melpax
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 16308

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

https://twitter.com/7NewsMelbourne/stat ... 9644200961
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Back to Melbourne....

Saw this on the News tonight, Arrogance. People like him are why restrictions on gatherings have been tightened, and there is the possibility of localised lockdowns.......

https://twitter.com/7NewsMelbourne/stat ... 9644200961

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by melpax
Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68234

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

What a difference a week or so makes.... Early last week there was hope that unrestricted domestic ops might restart in July or so, with NZ possibly in September. Now just a pipe dream with what's happening here in Melbourne. As others have said, with the other State Premiers basically saying that p...

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by melpax
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:22 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 16308

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

] Pease don't say it's toilet paper again? As for this kind of ourbreaks, it would really be helpfull if they did contact tracing to several degrees and order those individuals to quarantine. It would be so much more effective and less harmfull in general compared to a general lockdown of an area. ...

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by melpax
Wed Jun 24, 2020 5:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 16308

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

Panic buying starting again in Melbourne, with the increase in community transmitted cases here, talk of the hardest-hit suburbs being put back into lockdown hasn't helped. The 2 big Supermarket chains have re-imposed purchase limits as a result..... https://www.theage.com.au/national/coronavirus-up...

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by melpax
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 285
Views: 16308

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - June 2020

Numbers have started increasing in the Australian state that I live in, Victoria. the level of new cases have started increasing over the past few days, 25 new cases reported today. The state premier has announced that restrictions will tightened back up, now no more than 5 guests per household, whe...

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by melpax
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68234

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

With the latest development in VIC today, i wonder if there will be a delay to the announced interstate border restrictions easing. Doesnt bode well for domestic travel I was watching some of Daniel Andrews press conference, he was talking about the possibility of some restrictions on travel betwee...

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by melpax
Fri Jun 19, 2020 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68234

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

https://www.3aw.com.au/significant-job- ... cial-pain/
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Flight Centre have made redundant staff members who have been employed with them for less than 12 months as of June 30 - from the sounds of things, most of these staff members are currently on Job Keeper.

https://www.3aw.com.au/significant-job- ... cial-pain/

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by melpax
Thu Jun 18, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68234

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

Was on a conference-call style Town Hall session the other night with my local Federal MP Alan Tudge (Minister for population, cities & urban infrastructure), and he had the Health minister Greg Hunt with him. A question was put to both ministers about the closure of borders & quarantine mea...

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by melpax
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020
Replies: 495
Views: 68234

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - June 2020

So by the looks of it QF won’t fly to LAX or LHR, and pretty much every long haul destination, for potentially 12 months. As absurd as that may sound. Given the closed borders, not really a suprise. It looks like the re-opening of the borders will be a gradual process, with Trans-Tasman flying the ...

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by melpax
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 34184

Re: Another day another police killing

Looks like there is now an international incident. Australian PM Morrison has asked the embassy in Washington to investigate the attack on the 7 Network news crew & report back to him on how Australia should register it's 'strong concerns' with authorities in Washington https://www.theage.com.au...

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by melpax
Tue Jun 02, 2020 2:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 34184

Re: Another day another police killing

Also an Aussie morning show’s TV crew was knocked over live after cops gassed the crowd nearby. Looking great overseas too :sarcastic: https://twitter.com/sunriseon7/status/1267587976986427393?s=21 From another angle.... https://twitter.com/benyc/status/1267587033783992322 https://www.canberratimes...

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by melpax
Sun May 31, 2020 2:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US
Replies: 55
Views: 2684

Re: Why don't more corporations support Single Payer in the US

Additionally, many companies use healthcare as a recruiting tool, which they'd obviously lose. That's also the case in single payer systems. Companies often offer private plans on top of their tax obligations. In Australia, it's very rare for employers to offer private health insurance to their sta...

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by melpax
Thu May 28, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 435
Views: 23867

Re: COVID-19 Non Aviation Thread - May 2020

[quote="AirWorthy99"][/quote] I'm not sure of what the current situation in NZ is, but here in Australia, Australian Citizens & Permanent Residents must apply for permission to leave Australia. The only reasons are for compassionate family reasons, or to conduct urgent Corporate or Gov...

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by melpax
Fri May 22, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Amazing trips you’ve had to cancel
Replies: 24
Views: 1907

Re: Amazing trips you’ve had to cancel

Booked a round the world ticket 3 years back when I attended a Friend's wedding in Mexico. Worked out the same price as flying back home via New York... Booked MEL-LAX-LAS-CUN-LHR-CDG-HKG-MEL. Was looking forward to the CUN-LHR leg, was meant to fly on the Eidelweiss A340-300 to Zurich, then a Swiss...

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by melpax
Wed May 20, 2020 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68448

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

[quote="allrite"][/quote] I've been working from home for the past 8 weeks (public service), looks like this might be the case for some time to come. With the talk here in Melbourne of limiting numbers on public transport, I suspect a likely outcome might be working from the office 1-2 day...

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by melpax
Tue May 19, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020
Replies: 512
Views: 68448

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - May 2020

I do believe there's currently no restrictions between VIC, ACT and NSW if someone wants to travel between these three states/territories though? Cheers, Michael Current situation here in VIC is no overnight stays, either at friends or family, hotels or camping. Strictly day tripping at the moment,...

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by melpax
Sat May 09, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is there a pasta shortage where you live?
Replies: 50
Views: 2242

Re: Is there a pasta shortage where you live?

[quote="VapourTrails"][/quote] Have noticed though, that baked beans & spaghetti, and other canned meals are running low, probably with all the kids home from school. For a while there, going to the supermarket was like something out of the Soviet Union, circa 1990 with all the empty s...

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by melpax
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116638

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

I can’t see VA moving HQ to Perth. It will be very costly to move HQ, even with government assistance. In relation to this hypothetical Perth international expansion, even less likely. The new VA will need to actually make money in order to pay down what debt it is left with and have enough cash fo...

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by melpax
Tue Apr 28, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Quarantine — How are you keeping sane?
Replies: 59
Views: 2902

Re: Quarantine — How are you keeping sane?

Week number 5 of working from home for me (Melbourne, Australia). I try to finish work by at least 4.30, so I can go out for a walk for an hour or so, the lack of moving around during the day is the worst thing about WFH, We're only allowed to leave the house for work or study that can't be done at ...

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by melpax
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116638

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Most in the aviation industry (airlines, airports, MX, etc) have already established credit committees, composed of selected senior management, advisors, banks, lessors and other major creditors. Banks, lessors and creditors not directly represented (or too remote / unable to travel) nominate reps ...

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by melpax
Sat Apr 25, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1158
Views: 116638

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - April 2020

Interesting. The banking crowd and fund manager crowd was NRL in Sydney and AFL in Melbourne. Archibald prize in NSW for non sport. The tennis in Melbourne was a bit of non event because it was during the summer vacation so limited wheeling and dealing. Grand finals were hot tickets in Sydney and M...

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by melpax
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration
Replies: 314
Views: 52234

Re: Virgin Australia to enter voluntary administration

JUST IN: It has been reported that NH is the preferred choice by Scurrah and the board. Finally VA to join *A...... :D The size of the airline depends on the buyer. Scurrah and the board has been reported to favour a bigger airline owner as they are more likely to keep VA at a larger size than say ...

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by melpax
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Oklahoma - 25 Years Ago 19th April
Replies: 17
Views: 682

Re: Oklahoma - 25 Years Ago 19th April

How well known were Waco and Oklahoma City internationally before those two events. Koresh had some media attention in Australia not too long before the siege, as he'd lured quite a few Australians over to Waco, some of whom died in the siege. The below report includes some accounts from Australian...

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by melpax
Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020
Replies: 1896
Views: 66455

Re: Coronavirus Non Aviation Thread - April 2020

It is surreal living in Australia and watching the rest of the world struggle. 21 new cases in Australia yesterday. Easily 90% of the country is open as normal. Empty hospitals waiting for a pandemic that never came. Besides shutting down pubs and clubs this has been an optional lockdown. Australia...

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