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I know I chipped in on the Exocet stuff but on sober reflection France is also an enemy of China.
But it's possible they could at some point sign a duplicitous pact if it suited them.
 

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I know I chipped in on the Exocet stuff but on sober reflection France is also an enemy of China. I guess a way should be found to smooth over these issues and get the French involved in this alliance, they have a presence in the Pacific.
m not sure there is any 'pact' as such, as far as I am aware it's just a trade deal with a few extras thrown in, such as training and support.
 

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Why France weren’t included I can only assume is because of the B word.

Just been reading the comments in Le Figaro.
There's obviously some indignation and posturing, as France's nose is well and truly out of joint, but also comments stating that every French industrial export project seems to be hugely delayed and well over budget, so it's hardly surprising when customer patience wears thin.
It's not really surprising that Australia baulked at pouring funds into a bottomless money-pit for old technology, when cooperation with the US and UK will provide a more cutting-edge product, better priced and within realistic timescales.
Australia had warned France that they may pull the plug on the deal years ago. I think that France needs to accept that the product they offered simply wasn't good enough.
Looks like the US is planning to throw France a few crumbs though to try to dampen down those Gallic tantrums.
 

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And we wouldn't? Perfidious Albion is a well-known phrase.
A phrase only used by Britain's enemies when they were particularly angry. Possibly true 3 centuries ago, but not so much these days.
 

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France already had a deal with Australia! They're annoyed!
Using VPN, we just watched the French news on TF1.
It featured a fairly long and detailed article about the submarine deal and it looks like France is finally accepting that they screwed up.
Australia has already paid hundreds of millions of Euros to France for a failing project with a slipping end date and the price constantly rising.
The French diesel-electric submarines would only have had an autonomy of 11 days, whereas the UK/US nuclear submarines will have an autonomy of 77 days and are far faster and more manoeuvrable.
It was clearly a no-brainer to cancel the failing project with France.
 

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Had a quite strong earthquake just before. I was sitting here and everytjing was shaken quite violently and a large dictionary fell and just missed me.
I've been answering calls from family and friends. and at first the home phone wouldn't work but by the time I finished all the calls it was working again.
I had only said the other day that it was the same kind of weather years ago when we had the last tremor, but this was stronger.
 

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Had a quite strong earthquake just before. I was sitting here and everytjing was shaken quite violently and a large dictionary fell and just missed me.
I've been answering calls from family and friends. and at first the home phone wouldn't work but by the time I finished all the calls it was working again.
I had only said the other day that it was the same kind of weather years ago when we had the last tremor, but this was stronger.

I heard about the earthquake on the news, it said nobody was injured, thankfully.
 

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My daughter works with complaints for a local council
After the earthquake a woman rang and said she was scared. My daughter said everyone was.
The woman then asked what she was going to do about it?
She was asked what she wanted my daughter to do. She said she wanted her to take down her name and address and keep her updated.
One of the other girls had a man complain about the earthquake and say she wasn't doing her job properly.
They must think people who work for the council are some kind of gods.
I wonder if it was the same woman who rang to complain about spiders on her washing line and wanted the council to get rid of them.
 

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My daughter works with complaints for a local council
After the earthquake a woman rang and said she was scared. My daughter said everyone was.
The woman then asked what she was going to do about it?
She was asked what she wanted my daughter to do. She said she wanted her to take down her name and address and keep her updated.
One of the other girls had a man complain about the earthquake and say she wasn't doing her job properly.
They must think people who work for the council are some kind of gods.
I wonder if it was the same woman who rang to complain about spiders on her washing line and wanted the council to get rid of them.
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Ancient Koala eating eagle discovered.

"Scientists in Australia say they uncovered a fossil of a previously unknown species of eagle that lived in the country about 25 million years ago.

Dozens of bone fragments were uncovered by a dry lake in 2016 by researchers from Flinders University in Adelaide.

A new study says the skeletal remains were of the Archaehierax sylvestris, or ancient hawk of the forest.

Scientists believe the ancient raptor species survived by swooping on prey, including birds, possums and koalas.

They say the eagle had adapted to hunting and flying within forests, with short robust wings, long legs and a wide foot-span.

The discovery was made at an archaeological site in Lake Pinpa, a dried salt lake in the desert in south Australia."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-58720975
 

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I now feel quite ignorant.

I had no idea whatsoever so many kangaroos lived in Australia. I knew they weren't an endangered species, but I didn't realise they outnumbered humans.

You chaps down-under would be screwed if it came to a war.

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I now feel quite ignorant.

I had no idea whatsoever so many kangaroos lived in Australia. I knew they weren't an endangered species, but I didn't realise they outnumbered humans.

You chaps down-under would be screwed if it came to a war.

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You do realise that when it comes to war, it will be Kangaroos and Australians against everyone else? First point of call - Cromer...
 

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I now feel quite ignorant.

I had no idea whatsoever so many kangaroos lived in Australia. I knew they weren't an endangered species, but I didn't realise they outnumbered humans.

You chaps down-under would be screwed if it came to a war.

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Australians didn't do so well in the Great Emu War. I doubt they have the heart to go to war on the 'roos as well.
 

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I now feel quite ignorant.

I had no idea whatsoever so many kangaroos lived in Australia. I knew they weren't an endangered species, but I didn't realise they outnumbered humans.

You chaps down-under would be screwed if it came to a war.

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They're ready and waiting for the day. We've lost to the emus once before and now the roos are just waiting for their chance to complete the quinella.
The humiliation will be complete when we're bettered by our own coat of arms.

 

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I now feel quite ignorant.

I had no idea whatsoever so many kangaroos lived in Australia. I knew they weren't an endangered species, but I didn't realise they outnumbered humans.

You chaps down-under would be screwed if it came to a war.

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I see them every time I roll outside the metro area. Love just settling in a camping chair with a few coldies to watch them graze. Jeez, I am getting old. Anyway, its much more relaxing than watching locals graze. ugh.
 

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Anyone into old school cool oz and international rock of 70s/80s era will enjoy Donnie Sutherland's Sounds. Famous for on-screen weed smoking and boozing with the guests, this YT channel features the likes of very early Michael Hutchence, Robert Smith, and Paddy McAlon. Almost everyone is high, including the monkey.
https://www.youtube.com/user/welovedonnie/videos
 

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Anyone into old school cool oz and international rock of 70s/80s era will enjoy Donnie Sutherland's Sounds. Famous for on-screen weed smoking and boozing with the guests, this YT channel features the likes of very early Michael Hutchence, Robert Smith, and Paddy McAlon. Almost everyone is high, including the monkey.
https://www.youtube.com/user/welovedonnie/videos

Now there's someone I wasn't sure was still us, but he is. He was such a fixture of weekend t.v along with Molly on Countdown & Daryl & Ozzie.
 
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