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Same boat my friend.

Born and raised in Northern Ireland, had two passports my whole life (Irish & British), and now down to just the one - Australian. I often think about going back through the process of getting an Irish one again, but haven't gotten round to it I guess.
Thank you for that Ryan. It’s actually not that difficult to get an Irish passport if you have the right documentation, which I’m sure you do. There has been more of a demand for them since the Brexit vote (which was a narrow result and N. Ireland voted decisively against).

For me the Irish passport has immediate advantages for travelling in Europe and keeping a European as well as British and Irish (and Australian) identity. It’s good to have multiple identities 👍especially in a more interconnected - and more uncertain - world.


I wish I knew Ireland better and hope to travel there a bit more in future. I have a lot of remote relatives there. Northern Ireland was an afterthought for the populist-right wing Brexit lobby in England, many of whom I think would actually like to go back to a ‘hard border’. We now have a hard border with mainland Europe - which is proving a bit of a disaster now.😡
 

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Thank you for that Ryan. It’s actually not that difficult to get an Irish passport if you have the right documentation, which I’m sure you do. There has been more of a demand for them since the Brexit vote (which was a narrow result and N. Ireland voted decisively against).

For me the Irish passport has immediate advantages for travelling in Europe and keeping a European as well as British and Irish (and Australian) identity. It’s good to have multiple identities 👍especially in a more interconnected - and more uncertain - world.


I wish I knew Ireland better and hope to travel there a bit more in future. I have a lot of remote relatives there. Northern Ireland was an afterthought for the populist-right wing Brexit lobby in England, many of whom I think would actually like to go back to a ‘hard border’. We now have a hard border with mainland Europe - which is proving a bit of a disaster now.😡
Ha, now that's another discussion!
 

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Ha, now that's another discussion!
Happy to have that with you sometime. I don’t have simplistic or binary views on the underlying issues around Brexit, but the form of Brexit and its implementation have been disastrous. The strangely (and ironically) un-British populist phase we are going through is scary and a dead end at the same time.
 

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For me the Irish passport has immediate advantages for travelling in Europe and keeping a European as well as British and Irish (and Australian) identity. It’s good to have multiple identities 👍especially in a more interconnected - and more uncertain - world.
This is the right forum for multiple identities.
 

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The future is not what you think it is.
 

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They should create some form of Nobel prize for dystopian filmmaking torture and donate it to anyone who can make it through all 16 minutes of that thing.
 

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They should create some form of Nobel prize for dystopian filmmaking torture and donate it to anyone who can make it through all 16 minutes of that thing.
According to an article in the AFR it was inspired by Logans Run
 

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If anyone is interested I have a pair of Carmina horsebit loafers that just arrived, but are unfortunately too big.

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They are a size 9 UK and have toe taps installed (hence can’t return to Carmina). Looking to recoup my losses and purchase a smaller size. Hoping for $550 shipped.
 
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I have a pair of Lusso Cloud Pelli in indigo that I want to get rid of, brand new, too small. Insanely comfortable, will be buying the bigger size. $150, US10 however fits small - fits US9.
 

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I have a pair of Lusso Cloud Pelli in indigo that I want to get rid of, brand new, too small. Insanely comfortable, will be buying the bigger size. $150
might have a bit more luck if y'know, you told us what size it was lol
 

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The Festival of the Boot is over. A summer of cricket confronts us…SNAFU
 

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I thought this was a quintessentially Australian news story, involving a squatter, a Mercedes, and an affluent Melbourne suburb. It could be the basis of an updated version of Waltzing Matilda!

Also, "Manny Carbone" just seems like a great name for a lawyer.

Squatter news article.jpeg
 

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I thought this was a quintessentially Australian news story, involving a squatter, a Mercedes, and an affluent Melbourne suburb. It could be the basis of an updated version of Waltzing Matilda!

Also, "Manny Carbone" just seems like a great name for a lawyer.

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Manny Carbone sounds like a Michael Connelly character. …

Don’t worry: this could easily happen in lawless Brexitland. Things are worse here - in working class neighbourhoods, it’s become quite common for gang members to squat in old or vulnerable people’s homes, keep the legal owner or tenant prisoner and use the place as a drug den. The police usually do nothing (they probably have corrupt links with the criminals in many cases) and social services often don’t intervene even when petitioned by neighbours. There was a case recently in inner London of two people being murdered by ‘squatters’ of this type, but it was unusual in gaining publicity. Children (often in council ‘care’) are also often used as drug couriers.

I’m not normally an authoritarian and I am a strong supporter of rehabilitation and alternatives to prison. But in the case of those who hurt old or vulnerable people, or exploit children, there should be no mercy.
 

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