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  1. I have a $4.34 refundable OBC due from that same cruise. Don't hold out any hope of ever seeing that.
  2. That is correct but someone can get chicken pox from a person who has shingles if they come into contact with fluid from shingles blisters. My sister had shingles in one of her eyes. Caused her a lot of pain for a good few months and discomfort for a couple of years. If you get onto anti virals early enough can reduce the symptoms somewhat.
  3. He has flights in the deal supposedly. Wishful thinking on his part I'm afraid. He doesn't have access to the internet and unfortunately believed what the TA told him including how well PO was handling the current situation. I think they may only offer FCC.
  4. We have a friend who, 2 days ago, paid the balance of his fare on PO cruise from Singapore to Brisbane in October. Was told full payment had to be made 75 days before sail date. I see this has now been changed to 30 days prior. If you want to cancel they are only offering a credit.
  5. I think you will find shingles can be contagious during the blister stage if you come in contact with fluid from them.
  6. On the TV news here this week they have shown cars being turned back at Cameron's Corner with the gates being locked.
  7. I am a fair bit older than that, have lived in Queensland all my life, and am quite familiar with with the term "early mark"
  8. The latest confirmed case in Queensland is a person who travellled from Melboune to Brisbane on a plane which was carrying someone who had corona virus. This person had come off a cruise ship and presumably would have served fourteen days in quarantine.
  9. Daughter was there on a school ski trip when Mt Ruapehu erupted in 1995. A bit of unexpected excitement.
  10. Magnificent photo of the sun hitting the peaks in Milford Sound.
  11. I believe they still have a lot of luggage on board belonging to the world cruisers. It might be a long time before they are reunited with it.
  12. Grand daughter was supposed to go to Vanuatu in July with her Christian school. They were still waiting to see if ti would go ahead because of the corona virus but think it would be more unlikely now. A big disappointment as they had groups of them going every two weeks over several months.
  13. When we flew out of and into Brisbane on Qantas in February, they boarded and disembarked the rear half of the plane via the rear steps so had to walk down or up stairs in the terminal onto the tarmac. A time saving exercise? A backward step in my opinion anyway.
  14. You could always try the Insurance Ombudsman. Sometimes if you tell them you are referring it to them they will jump into action. Happened to us with a telco.
  15. Was amazed at local shops last week when, at both of the big supermarkets, they had two checkouts side by side open while all the remainder were not being used. If a shopper was going through each checkout at the same time there was no way they could be the required distance apart. Will be interesting this week to see if they have realised their mistake.
  16. This link appeared on Holland America forum yesterday re suspension of Carnival dividend https://www.marketwatch.com/story/carnival-to-suspend-dividend-and-stock-buybacks-expects-to-remain-in-compliance-with-debt-covenants-2020-03-31?mod=home-page
  17. Also think our cruising days may be over now. We had been interested in the Regal Princess cruise coming to Australia later in the year but that clashed with my mother's 100th birthday so probably fortunate with the way the world is now. Had been thinking might head off around Australia next year in motorhome but think a lot will be looking at that option so might be busy on the road. Pam
  18. I can remember my mother using a "diffuser" when using gas to reduce the heat for cooking. They just give a buffer between the flame and saucepan. Not sure if you can still get them but I have one that I use when cooking with gas in the caravan. It would be less than ten years old. Pam
  19. Looks like my mother's 100th birthday party in September will not go ahead. In a quandary as to whether we should start planning or not. DH had consultation with urologist over the phone today and organised another for six months time so he thinks things won't have changed. Pam
  20. We saw a passenger in Darwin being taken down a very steep gangway in a wheelchair that required four crew because the gangway was so steep. When they got to the bottom, the passenger got out of the wheelchair and walked away with not even a walking stick!
  21. Heard a man taking on the radio this afternoon. He had a friend who had a business affected by the current conditions and has taken his own life. Probably many more to come. The hidden death toll from the corona virus.
  22. The same thing happened to us with them about 10 years ago. I also picked it up after at home. Luckily for us they had not got us to sign the paperwork. Think they were able to change the flights with no penalty for them but had to put us on a different airline and pay for overnight accommodation on the way home.
  23. A couple of days ago I saw an Australian man who was in Singapore. I'm not sure if he had been confirmed with the virus but was required to be in self-isolation. He was getting a text message three times a day with a link he had to activate which would show his location and also could get a knock on the door at any time to check he was home. They at least mean business there. Pam
  24. This is true. For me it would depend on the severity of the crime
  25. Hopefully may give those of us on it some immunity but don't think I want to put it to the test.
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