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The ten rules of living in a sharehouse

The price you pay: If you leave unwashed pots in the sink from your dinner preparation, your washing up interest compounds.Hi! Welcome to our home. Bins are Tuesday night and rent is due on Fridays. Here are some other easy peasy rules for living in our share house.
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1. Unfortunately, something is not either “clean” or “not clean”. Infinite levels exist between these two states, and the likelihood of your concept of “clean” lining up with your roommate’s concept of “clean” is a point of a per cent.

2. If your roommate is in their room with the door shut, they may as well be dead. The only channel of communication open to you in this instance is the text message. Knocking is the highest insult to a closed door. Appreciate this unspoken rule.

3. You learn the true meaning of the phrase ‘No one owes you anything in life’ when you find your clean washing in a cold wet heap on the laundry floor next to a humming washing machine full of your roommate’s load.

4. Never, ever, move in with a musician unless you somehow have the foresight to invest in soundproofing.

5. If you leave unwashed pots in the sink from your dinner preparation, your washing up interest compounds. Other people can’t wash up their plates because the sink is blocked, so they stack their plates on top of yours. You are now contractually bound to wash the lot.

You may be late on credit card repayments, but you’ll never miss paying your debt to the kitchen sink again.

6. All sex must be silent. There is an acute desperation and claustrophobia associated with waking up to the sounds of sex coming from the next room and being sentenced to lie awake for hours, listening to thumping.

7. The real estate agent provides the tenant one simple service – to test your capacity for total misery. Never fall for the rouse of them being your friend. They serve one God – the Landlord – and they will reinforce your lowly place by putting off repairs for as long as possible, returning your phone calls a full 72 hours later etc. Let this humble you.

8. Observing your roommate’s mouldy food in your fridge is great way to generate pent up rage for your next exercise class.

9. Never cross the unspoken line of hooking up with a roommate. That friend of a friend of yours who did it and is now married with 2.5 kids and a golden retriever? Urban myth. Didn’t happen. There is no good to come of it.

If it’s good, you’ll want to keep doing it. If it’s bad, you just hooked up with your roommate.

10. You will always feel as if you do the majority of the cleaning. This is because you probably had your filth cleaned your entire life by your wonderful mother, who you increasingly realise you owe two decades of unpaid labour wages to. Let this humble you.

And remember above all else, your roommates are not your friend if it means sacrificing their happiness for yours. They can and will turn on you like a pack of hungry wolves if your runners stink up the bathroom.

Face it. You have no friends in that house. Only precarious allies.

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ABC won’t review vetting despite controversial calls

???ABC Radio won’t be reviewing its vetting procedures despite a number of controversial comments being made on air by callers in recent weeks.
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On Monday a caller rang Jon Faine’s ABC Melbourne program to praise Hitler’s treatment of gay people.

The veteran broadcaster was interviewing Victorian Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton to discuss the upcoming same-sex marriage postal survey.

Faine then accepted a call from a listener who said his name was Don. The man said he thought it was “disgusting” the commissioner was encouraging people to vote yes, before asking if he could “say one more thing”.

“Hitler had put all those kind of people in their own concentration camps, it’s one of the two good things he did,” he said.

Faine, who didn’t hear Don say the word Hitler, then asked the caller to repeat what he said.

“Hitler had concentration camps for these gay people, one of the two good things he did,” Don said. “The other one was build the autobahn.”

The incident comes after Triple J’s Hack program was hoodwinked by a man pretending to be Jewish so he could get on air and claim that multiculturism is the “end of white people”.

‘s alt-right has been targeting the public broadcaster in recent weeks, with online forums encouraging Nazi sympathisers to call into radio programs under the guise of marginalised groups or people simply looking to have a respectful debate.

Despite the recent controversies, an ABC Radio spokesman said the broadcaster’s policies and procedures for vetting talkback callers were sound and did not need updating.

He said Monday’s interview lasted three minutes and was civil until the listener made a “highly offensive remark referencing Hitler” in the last few seconds of the phone call.

“Once Jon [Faine] had clarified what the caller had said, the call was immediately terminated,” he said. “All ABC broadcast is on short delay. By the time Jon had clarified what the caller ‘Don’ had said, the ‘dump’ option was no longer viable hence Jon’s actions to terminate the call when he did.”

Former ABC broadcaster turned Newcastle councillor Carol Duncan said it’s a tricky balance between collecting different views and not allowing offensive remarks to go to air.

“Your producer is your first line of defence,” she said. “Hopefully, any problems are stopped there. But people get through by lying about their identities, lying about the reason for the call and they’re going to take advantage of those seven seconds before you can dump them.”

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Accused murderer denies being angry at husband’s sex tape message

The text message from Qian Liu’s husband said: “Send our video of us making love for him to look at so that he will give up.”
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Han Lim Chin was suggesting Ms Liu send their sex tape to her personal trainer, with whom he suspected she was having an affair.

But Ms Liu said that message, which she read late in the evening on January 3, 2016, did not make her angry.

“I just found this laughable,” Ms Liu told the NSW Supreme Court on Tuesday, through an interpreter.

“I found him very childish.”

Ms Liu is facing trial for the alleged murder of Mr Chin, 39, who died days after she inflicted a knife wound to his chest during an argument in the couple’s Riverwood granny flat that night.

The Crown alleges Ms Liu was mad when she stabbed her husband, amid tension over his gambling debts and suspicions she was sleeping with her trainer.

The 35-year-old restaurateur has pleaded not guilty, saying she accidentally wounded her husband after grabbing the knife from him and trying to escape his bedroom.

Under cross-examination from Crown prosecutor Brad Hughes, SC, Ms Liu previously agreed she asked Mr Chin about divorce in a series of eight text messages earlier that day.

One message began: “If you want to find excuses or explanations to break up, we can have a good start and a good ending.”

She also agreed that her mother put down a $90,000 cash deposit on a house in Ms Liu’s name, but she did not consult Mr Chin.

Ms Liu did not agree she felt angry or annoyed at her husband as he went in and out of her bedroom during the argument.

“I put it to you you deliberately hit him with the knife?” Mr Hughes asked.

“Not deliberate,” Ms Liu replied.

Ms Liu has told the jury she didn’t realise her husband was hurt until he said so, and she saw blood on the knife.

She said she believed a protective cover was on the blade the entire time.

Ms Liu said when her husband collapsed she ran to the main house, where her extended family lived, and asked a cousin to call an ambulance.

“Why didn’t you call an ambulance,” Mr Hughes asked.

“I was really shocked.”

“Why didn’t you call?”

“Because I couldn’t even speak English properly. I knew the ambulance would ask me a lot of questions and I wouldn’t be able to answer them all.”

Ms Liu agreed with Mr Hughes that she told police “I do this”, but said she did so to “save” her husband.

“I put it to you you full well knew how he was injured because you deliberately injured him. Correct?”

“That’s what you thought.”

The trial continues.

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UN sanctions tighten tourniquet on Kim regime

Washington: The UN Security Council has whacked crippling new sanctions on North Korea to force it to negotiate over its nuclear and weapons programs.
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But it came only after days of diplomatic horse-trading, in which Washington caved to demands by Beijing and Moscow that even harsher American terms be defanged.

The deal between the three powers ensured that neither the Chinese nor the Russians exercised their Security Council veto, which would have derailed what became a unanimous resolution in the aftermath of Pyongyang’s sixth and most powerful nuclear device test on September 3.

More importantly, Monday evening’s vote revealed the power that China and Russia hold as the globe confronts the North Korea crisis, which on the one hand, they see more as Washington’s problem; while on the other, they see US prescriptions to resolve the crisis as more of a problem for them.

These latest sanctions tighten the UN tourniquet on the regime and its economy, particularly a new ban on its imports of natural gas and condensate; and its exports of textiles, which last year earned more than $US700 million ($874 million).

Combined with the impact of pre-existing sanctions on North Korean exports of coal, iron ore and seafood, the US claims that more than 90 per cent of the North’s exports are now under sanction.

But to get that far, Washington agreed to temper its latest demands.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley wanted a total oil embargo – but Monday’s resolution caps the North’s oil imports at 8.5 million barrels a year, a cut of 10 per cent to 30 per cent depending on how the math is done.

The resolution freezes the assets of several regime entities and travel by their officials – but not the assets of, or travel by the country’s leader Kim Jong-un, as had been stipulated by the US.

And while the resolution calls for the inspection of ships to and from North Korea, Washington dropped its early call for the use of military force if needed to execute any ship searches.

Also the resolution flagged, but did not implement a ban on renewing the contracts of close to 100,000 North Korean guest workers, most of whom work in Russia’s far east, and who repatriate salaries worth an estimated $US500 million a year.

And perhaps some of the sanctions are moot – there are reports that as sanctions have kicked in there’s been a matching spike in oil smuggling between Russia and North Korea; and the British-based International Institute for Strategic Studies argues that Pyongyang can substitute liquidised coal for oil.

Going into Monday’s security council meeting, French UN Ambassador Francois Delattre declared: “The stronger the sanctions we impose on North Korea, the stronger our hand in promoting a political solution – by definition, this is a compromise in order to get everyone on board”.

Attributing the deal to the relationship between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Haley hailed the decision as a demonstration of global unity against Pyongyang.

But just as Washington had toned down its sanctions demands, Haley also had toned down her rhetoric – last week, she insisted that the North was “begging for war” but on Monday she allowed Pyongyang time to take a new tack.

“If it agrees to stop its nuclear program it can reclaim its future; if it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it,” she told the council meeting:

China worries that a total oil embargo would lead to collapse in the North. And maybe it did the US a favour by holding its position – British diplomats warned ahead of the vote that cutting all oil deliveries to the North as winter approaches would have resulted in Pyongyang holding up pictures of freezing children and charging that the West was the architect of a new genocide.

When it comes to North Korea, China and Russia have much more in common with each other, than with the US. Neither wants a regime on its doorstep to collapse; neither wants a reunified Korean peninsula, which inevitable would be under US patronage; and neither wants American anti-missile defence systems, such as the recently deployed THAAD systems, in their backyard.

To that extent, some analysts argue that Trump’s erratic policy pronouncements on North Korea are making Beijing and Moscow even closer allies and presenting them with an opportunity to undercut the US on the global stage. Just as Moscow sees Ukraine as a buffer between it and Europe; Beijing sees the North as a buffer between it and Washington-allied South Korea.

Both Beijing and Moscow are urging a mutual freeze on the peninsula – Pyongyang to halt its nuclear program in return for the US and Seoul freezing their joint military exercises, which the North sees as a threat.

Washington balks at being so frozen out. But for all Trump’s belligerence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and others in the Trump administration are committed to negotiations, a possible framework for which emerged in weekend comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

As a participant in the Obama era deal by which Iran agreed to restrain its nuclear program in return for a lifting of global sanctions, Merkel said in a Sunday interview:

“If our participation in talks is wanted, I will say yes immediately???I could also imagine such a format to settle the North Korea conflict.”

Never mind that Trump is so critical of the Iran deal. Looking at all the layers of Washington’s North Korea strategy – sanctions, military threats, covert action and sanctions on Chinese and other companies that trade with Pyongyang – some analysts see the contours of an Iran-like process emerging.

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Centenary of the Great War

CRUCIAL POST: A Regimental Aid Post near the front line, where wounded would be brought for immediate treatment. Photo: The Digger’s View by Juan Mahony.Newcastle Morning Herald transcriptions and Hunter Valley enlistment and death details forSeptember 10-16, 1917.
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MEREWETHER MAN WOUNDEDMrs F. Albert, of Wilson St, Merewether, has received the following letter from her husband, Private Fred Albert:“I suppose you got word from the authorities that I have been wounded. I am glad to say it is not serious, and I expect to be nearly ready for the line again by the time you receive this. We have been doing some hard ‘going’ lately, and I was on sentry post in the front line when I got hit. Fritz started putting over a heavy barrage this afternoon (June 11), and one burst just along the trench, a bit from where I was potted, and one of the pieces passed through my left leg, just above the knee, but luckily it never hit the bone. I am lucky I didn’t get worse, as I lost a few of my mates in the same bombardment, and I feel none the worse for it. I am in hospital in France, just now, and it is very nice, and we get every attention. The weather is beautiful, and everything is green and bright. I have not heard from Will or Jack for a while, but I suppose they are busy, too.”

Will and Jack are Mrs Albert’s two brothers, and are both in hospital. MrsAlbert had previously been notified that her husband had been reported wounded.

PRIVATE DAVID LLOYDIn a letter from France, Private David Lloyd of Merewether, writes: “We have been having rather a rough time lately, and hardly feel in the humour of letter writing just now. I’ve just came out of the greatest ‘stunt’our battalion has been through. Since writing last, I said good-bye to all friends and dear life. Our brigade had a “hop over”,that is, a charge; and you will understand how lucky I am when I tell you I am one of about 300 left of the battalion (about 1100 men). All our stretcher-bearers were either killed or wounded, and I was asked to assist, which I did. We had about 800 yards to carry, and we were carrying from about 6.30amuntil half-past two, by which time practically all the stretcher cases had gone down to the dressing station. I missed my last mail. One of the men was carrying it up, and lost the bag. Of course, I was very disappointed, but we were exceedingly lucky to get away with our lives.”

GUNS WERE ROARINGWriting from France, 18/6/17, Private J. Hughes, of Newcastle, says: “It has been nice and warm here these last few days, with a thunder storm every second or third day. Things have been quiet up our way this last week, but the guns were roaring the week before for seven days continuously. The Red Cross trains were on one another’s heels for two consecutive days, but it is said our casualties were very light in comparison. Our depot is larger than any marshalling yard in , and is only one of hundreds. The trains run in sight of one another, day and night, and it is marvellous the way they transport troops, guns, munitions, and materials. I don’t think the Germans could ever come up to our efficiency in the movement of troops from one sector to the other – trains anything up to half a mile in length. We expect our marching orders any day. Beer here is 1½d., a glass, but poor stuff; wine, 5d; rum, 3d a liqueur glass. We have had three mails from , and have been waiting for another for the last four weeks. Some of the men are getting a few stray papers up to May 1, but no mails. We witnessed a great sight here the week before last – some Taubes came across about 10 am, when we were on the shell dumps. They looked just like flies. One could see the shrapnel burst among the clouds. On a hazy day you can’t see old Fritz – he has his machines painted a deceiving white. Our machines are always overhead during the day time, scouting. I cannot see any chance of leaving France for a long time to come. The food here is good, but rather light, and our officers are very good. We had two days at a rest camp at the port of disembarkation, and we had a 32 hours’ train journey to get to where we are at present. You get less news here than in . It took us 14 weeks from the time we left till we got to France. There is a wonderful mixture of races there.

KILLINGWORTHThe last mail brought welcome news to many Killingworth families of the wellbeing of their relatives at the front. Mr James Cherry received news from his son, Private Oliver J. Cherry, that he is now well again, and on furlough in Sheffield (Eng.), and that his brother, Private Rob. Cherry, has been discharged from hospital (second occasion).

LAMBTONMrs R.S. King, of Kendall St,Lambton, has received a letter, dated June 17, from an officer of the _ Battalion, regarding her husband, Private King, who was recently killed in action. After offering sympathy, the writer of the letter says: “Your husband proved himself a true n, and he died doing his duty, and in the great field of honour, namely, the battle field. At all times he was found at his post, and no task was too heavy or dangerous for him to undertake, even though such might have meant the facing of fearful odds, and where certain death stared him in the face. By all who knew him your husband was held in the highest esteem, and many a faint-hearted man went forth under very heavy shell fire with a light heart because they knew that Dick the fearless was their leader. His death came as a sad blow to every man in the company reducing many of the lads to the verge of tears.”

MINMIThe following is a copy of a letter received by Mrs Shears, of School Hill, Minmi: “Seeing that your son Harry was in my section, I feel duty bound to let you know the circumstances under which he died. He was one of the finest soldiers produced, and I was justly proud to be acquainted with him. I was with him from the time we left until the day of his death, and always found him to be an honest and upright lad, and worthy to be called a friend. It is very hard indeed for you, but it is one of the penalties of war which must be paid by someone, but there is always this consolation, that your son Harry died a hero. He will be missed very much by his comrades, especially by the members of the platoon to which he belonged, as he was always cheerful, no matter what circumstances he was under. I never made his acquaintance in civil life, although I only came from West Wallsend. (Signed) Corporal A. W. Hartland, B Company, “Newcastle’s Own”.

NEW LAMBTONMr M. Gubbay, of New Lambton, has received a letter from the chaplain of “Newcastle’s Own”battalion, expressing sympathy in the death of his son, the late Private J. M. Gubbay, who was killed in action on June 17. The chaplain adds that he was buried on the battlefield, and that the colonel of the battalion wished him to convey to MrGubbay his sincere regrets.

A CARDIFF SOLDIERCorporal N. MacRae, writing to his father, Mr J. MacRae, of Cardiff, says: “Just a few lines to let you know that I got through the stunt all right, and I suppose you read in the papers it was a great success. The place where our company went across was one mass of craters. No wonder poor old Fritz is so broken up, as our artillery poured a fearful fire on to him. I got a lot of souvenirs from captured Germans, but have given most of them away. The only thing I am keeping is a watch, which a Fritz gave me in No Man’s Land. The poor beggar’s nerves were completely done. Our company only took five prisoners, so you can guess that it was pretty blood-thirsty. I can tell you I surprised myself very much going across in the assault. Before jumping our parapet I was shaking like a leaf, but as soon as I got over I forgot everything but to follow my O.C. You can do a bit of skiting around Cardiff now, dad, as when we were relieved and came back to our old line of trenches, the O.C. recommended Mat Grey and myself, company despatch runners, for the D.C.M. I don’t know whether we will get it, but anyway, the thought that our O.C. thought so much of us is sufficient for me. For my part, I reckon I did not do more than any other man in the battalion. Cardiff will be well represented for medals if I get the D.C.M., as Sam Egginton gained the Military Medal some time ago. I have been promoted to orderly room corporal. Remember me to all Cardiff people, and let them know that I am quite well.

LATE PRIVATE J. WADDELLThe following is an extract from a letter which Andrew Douglass, a school mate of the late Private John Waddell, wrote to his mother, Mrs A. G. Douglass, of Wickham:“It was in this big stunt that poor Jack Waddell was killed. He was with the stretcher-bearing band. A shell landed right where they were posted, and hit Jack and one of our sergeants in the legs. Jack died about an hour later, but the other poor fellow lived for about 48 hours. When I heard about it I tried to get down to see him, but he had died hours before. Nevertheless, I was there to see him buried. His grave is right on the borders of France and Belgium, near the ridge of Messines. I rode over to his grave the other day, which is about four miles from where we are now. It is well looked after, and a little wooden cross has been erected, but if we are here any time I think it probable our unit will erect a cross itself. Show this letter to Mrs. Waddell, and tell her we are all very sorry that Jack has died. Private Frank O. Dukes, of the Field Ambulance, has also written offering on behalf of himself and comrades deep sympathy”.

AUSTRALIANS AT RESTFrom C. E. W. Bean, Official n Correspondent

London, Thursday:Last night the temperature for the first time indicated a change towards the approaching autumn. The fine weather of the last few days has turned to cold, with clear nights. The greater part of the n troops are in the most magnificent fettle they have ever known, and are enjoying a splendid, long-desired rest.Sports and healthy training have been the program of many units for months.

LAMBTON HONOUR ROLLThe relatives and friends of soldiers who have enlisted from Lambton or Jesmond are requested to send the names, together with date of enlistment, and any other particulars to the Town Clerk, Lambton, for inscription on the Honour Roll. E. Charlton, Mayor.

ENLISTMENTSMik Atoff, Kurri Kurri; Gertrude Alice Burns, Muswellbrook; Walter Keith Campbell, Scone; Frederick George Cridland, West Maitland; Charles Stanley Faulkner, Grass Tree; Hubert Holland Kempe, Cessnock; John William Liversidge, Singleton; Reginald John Marsh, West Maitland; Alfred Ernest Matthews, Mayfield; Eric Alfred Moore, Branxton; John William Neville, East Maitland; Ellen Scott, New Lambton; Leslie Leonard Slyney, Broadmeadow.

DEATHSGunner Miarus Alford, Glen Oak; Sapper Norman Rolf Shiels, Minmi.

David Dial OAM is a Hunter-based military historian. Follow his research at facebook苏州夜总会招聘/HunterValleyMilitaryHistory

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