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What are you reading?

HBS Guy

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When we were living in Woodside Immigration Hostel (ex army camp, now Army camp again) one set of Dutch people were threatening to make trouble for us (dunno the details, don’t care, too long ago and I never knew this at the time) when Mum, as usual, piped up wtte “And the sailor who skipped ship who is hiding with you?” No more trouble.
 

Chuck

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Well that’s a question. Opportunity for work?
Maybe Melbourne looked really promising back then?
Maybe some propaganda of how good it is to live and work in Australia?

I can only guess.
Let’s put ourselves into their shoes and think about it, war torn countries they have visited and see Melbourne, and life looks “normal”?
What a hard decision to leave your homeland and start anew, with very little, not knowing English language.
One would have had folk in Oz already that would’ve helped migrants find shelter, work? Etc
Well that’s a question. Opportunity for work?
Maybe Melbourne looked really promising back then?
Maybe some propaganda of how good it is to live and work in Australia?


In my father's case as a "displaced person"; I think he never heard of Australia...after WII, as the quota for the USA or Canada was filled...the only other place for him to go too was to Australia.

What others may not be aware off, u were told where u would be working and where to reside for the next 2 years before u could choose where to settle down.
 
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Chuck

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We knew about him alright. He was my mother's father and her parents were married & brought her up, so she was able to tell me all about him or as much as she remembered from before he went off to war.
What we didn't know was anything about his own nuclear family as he had supposedly arrived in Australia from Canada in the 1920s. When the internet came along & I tried to look up records, it was as if he did not exist, not here, not Canada, not UK.
DNA matches finally solved it. Turned out he lied about where he came from and had changed his name. No wonder it took decades to find out about his pre-Australian history!
Have u the knowledge on how to go about finding out about ur arrival to Aust.... My parents were very secretive and I don’t really kno how to go about find out about my arrival to Australi.

I searched Ancestry and there is no mention of me, except for me when I enlisted in the military prior to the Vietnam War.

I'm like Josh Frydenberg, never found a birth certificate, simply was accepted by the military as my age being as mentioned on a Stat. Dec.
 

Aussie

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Have u the knowledge on how to go about finding out about ur arrival to Aust.... My parents were very secretive and I don’t really kno how to go about find out about my arrival to Australi.

I searched Ancestry and there is no mention of me, except for me when I enlisted in the military prior to the Vietnam War.

I'm like Josh Frydenberg, never found a birth certificate, simply was accepted by the military as my age being as mentioned on a Stat. Dec.

Immigration Dept is where I'd head.
 

Chuck

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Immigration Dept is where I'd head.
Do they talk to u these days or do u have to do all requests on the web?

I think, I tried to get some guidance from them and was discouraged with all the complications, with the necessity to do everything on the web...no one wanted to assist me.
 

Aussie

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Do they talk to u these days or do u have to do all requests on the web?

I think, I tried to get some guidance from them and was discouraged with all the complications, with the necessity to do everything on the web...no one wanted to assist me.
I am no expert I can assure you. Dunno where you live, but if necessary I'd physically turn up at an Office of theirs and I'd have all the ID material I have, with me, as many facts as you know.
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
Interesting to see what others have been reading. I had a whole lot of books from the library (now returned) but the library is now shut for 6 weeks. I might order a binge bag to be delivered.
Currently re-reading some of my own books. Latest is Prey, by Michael Crichton.
Next will be a book I haven't read yet, called 'No regard for the truth'. It is about an internment camp in Rowville and one of the Italian prisoners who was killed.
We used to own a block of land in Rowville, had extreme difficulties with it as it had an old easement left over from the internment camp era, so I will be interested to read this novel.
Currently reading a library book.. thank goodness they have been open here for some time now...
it's obscure but quite a laugh. What they call a 'Cozy' read. A mystery by Simon Brett .. 3rd in a series ( prev not read) about a Mrs Pargeter... widow of a major crime figure.. who disperses her wealth to good causes... totally innocent of any knowledge of her deceased husband's BUSINESS activities. Of course.
Quite amusing it is called Mrs Pargeter's Public Relations. Wish I'd read the earlier ones. sigh but there's no going back when you find yourself in the middle of narrative that alludes to earlier novels. Usually I find it unnecessary to go backwards...

I find reading is so fantastic because you enter entirely different worlds separate to your own, and you immerse yourself in something other than NOW.
I must confess I prefer fiction to true historical novels, although if they are mysteries.. they can be excellent.

Cheers and happy reading.
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
I am no expert I can assure you. Dunno where you live, but if necessary I'd physically turn up at an Office of theirs and I'd have all the ID material I have, with me, as many facts as you know.
Sounds reasonable Aussie, but there is NO WAY, unless you have proceedings underway, that you can just turn up in person, to speak for your position. NOT THESE DAYS.

The government makes it as hard as possible .....
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
Well that’s a question. Opportunity for work?
Maybe Melbourne looked really promising back then?
Maybe some propaganda of how good it is to live and work in Australia?

I can only guess.
Let’s put ourselves into their shoes and think about it, war torn countries they have visited and see Melbourne, and life looks “normal”?
What a hard decision to leave your homeland and start anew, with very little, not knowing English language.
One would have had folk in Oz already that would’ve helped migrants find shelter, work? Etc
There is no need to guess Lols. These people were fleeing from their homes because they were not fascists, and couldn't survive the coming regime... Mussolini was a good mate of Hitler, and people that could see the writing on the wall, LEFT ASAP.

Not about economics at all... yeah..? Life isn't about economics.. yeah..? they left so that their families would live.

Something only new immigrants to this country seem to undestand. All us cozy aussies, so smug... we have barely been a nation for 120 years..
I despise our government, and I despise people who buy into the propaganda we've all lived with for decades and decades.

We have to CHANGE. WE must REALIZE we aren't the greatest thing on earth.. FFS..

Sorry lost the plot there, but only a little bit.

Just, don't get too comfortable, because times are changing and it is up to us how we manage it, OR NOT.
 

Lols

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I know what your saying Pinkeye.
We just don’t realise how cozy our lives are.
Some much older persons that saw war etc know the comparison.
I recall when I was a working young lass of about 21 travelling on the train from one end of the line, into Flinders street an hour later, you get to know the regulars and talk.
I befriended an elder polish man who lived not far from me, and he would sit looking slightly pleased, with a calming smile, slightly waving his hand about, he would say “These are the peace times, so wonderful.”

I guess he would’ve seen some damage to Poland during the war.
And we do live in peace times that are wonderful. But my hubby always feels the good times don’t often last.
So we lived carefully/frugally and we’re not wasteful and always spoke of how to survive should things go pear shape. We believed long ago in the 3 “R”s....
re-use, renew, recycle.
I didn’t like the 1980’s throw away attitude.
Nothing was built to last as a result.
So wasteful.
We are often reminded of how awful or hard life was in past. Lots of war films etc.
A lot of countries are still in a bad way or backward.
Indonesia are running out of food I heard, they are not getting the tourism finance as they used to.
I ask, all those years, of tourism, where’s that money gone? No one saved for a rainy day??
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
The tourist dollar in Indnesia was always owned not by the Balinese eg.. but by their Indonesian landlords. All those little people you thought so sweet.. are basically slaves.
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
No seriously Lols, and the rest of u who cavorted and luxuriated on Bali's beaches eg.. massaged and delighted..!

DO YOU honestly believe these people were little family-run private concerns, ?
where those who did the labour, got the money.?

You'd have to be naive to believe that.
I mean surely, all you partakers of the pleasures of Asia understand that.. !! You are advantaging yourself of people who do it for their very survival. You believe all those smiles and bows..? they love to serve you, they are such a happy people.
???????
Really...?
 

Lols

Active member
They look poor to me.
But I get the impression as I had for years that underneath the surface they dislike Australians.
 

Chuck

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This is my second book relating to the Jews, the author was raised in secular family but is interested in the relevance of faith in the modern world.

The author's quest to follow the Bible as literally as possible; THE YEAR OF LIVING BiBLiCALLY written in a hilarious manner.

Apparently Jews shouldn’t eat cheeseburgers as they don't qualify as kosher food...the problem is dairy and meat shouldn’t be touching each other..
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
How can I fix a problem in another country?
Not even our government helped Schapelle.
I’m not in charge. You?
Schapelle..?
You bring HER up.? Later on that.

You can help by not patronizing the economic-slave offerings.

So it doesn't matter to you.?. you are happy to accept these services.
Happy to indulge yourself...at an unknown cost to the slave.
Yeah I figured as much.
Not your problem.
 

pinkeye

Wonder woman
We can talk about SC later, but you know,? oh you do..?? oh you don't?? know??

Her time served is enough.. and it was just.

Enough for now.
 
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