It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!
One of my favorite meals made a return engagement. A 1/2 pound “steak” of Thomas Farms Lamb-burger. Cooked about 4 minutes a side. Seasoned to your preference (salt advised, pepper for some ;-) and topped with an onion / mushroom sautee. Salt, pepper, and Greek Seasoning mix, then sauteed until caramelized a bit.
This was accompanied by a modest “side salad” of 1/2 & 1/2 Iceberg lettuce and butter lettuce, a bit of Mexican Blend shredded cheeses, and 1/2 of a hard boiled egg, cut into smaller chunks. Dressing was Olive Garden Creamy Italian. I added a bit of salt and freshly ground pepper to mine ;-)
A new wine tonight. Mr. Riggs “Lamane” 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot blend. About $10 / bottle at the discount market I frequent for “deals” on wine.
A wine in the Bordeaux Tradition. Deep red. Smooth, and rich. A bit tannic, just enough to set off Red Meat flavors nicely. It would go well with strong cheese and Italian dinners as well. I’d not drink it alone without some snacks to light it up. Cheeses, flavored crackers (even a Ritz would do), prosciutto rolls, salami wedges, you know the drill ;-)
This is is definitely a keeper. Wait, scratch that. No Way this bottle survives the night… ;-)
In Other News
Chinese Wuhan Covid cases continue to pop up around Australia. I think the thing is “out of the bottle” now. Best of luck to you all.
Live Breaking News: Experts predict another Melbourne lockdown extension as cases spread
In an alarming development, there are growing signs Covid is spreading beyond the capital and into regional Victoria.
Traces of Covid have been found in wastewater in “unexpected” areas in metro Melbourne and regional Victoria alike, sparking fears the outbreak is spreading.
The sites of concern include Lakes Entrance and Camberwell, and catchments in the western suburbs including Tarneit, Williams Landing and Truganina.
“As we always say, any symptoms please get tested but in particular in these catchments bear in mind there could well be a case in those catchments,” the CHO said this morning.
Community spread. It’s a thing…
Win A GOLD Medal, spend a month in Quarantine… Or so it seems:
Tokyo 2020: Some Australian Olympians face 28-day quarantine
Last updated on 11 August 202111 August 2021.
Rules meaning some Australian Olympians are having to quarantine for 28 days after returning to their country from Tokyo have been described as “cruel”.
Athletes returning via Sydney to the state of South Australia are facing an extra two-week quarantine.
That is on top of the two weeks already required for all overseas arrivals.
The AOC said: “While other countries are celebrating the return of their athletes, we are subjecting ours to the most cruel and uncaring treatment.”
They added: “They are being punished for proudly representing their country with distinction at the Olympic Games.”
16 members of the Australian Olympic team are already quarantining in Sydney, the capital of New South Wales.
The government of South Australia said “the high risk of the Delta strain of COVID-19 in NSW” is the reason for the additional requirements, for which the AOC has had an exemption request turned down.
AOC chief executive Matt Carroll said in a statement: “Not only are our Olympians fully vaccinated, but they have also been living in a highly controlled bubble in Tokyo, taking the utmost precautions, tested daily over many weeks.”
“We have received no explanation as to why our application on behalf of these athletes has been rejected.”
OTOH, consider the alternative. You could end up trapped and unable to leave. (Isn’t that the definition of a Prison Island?…)
Australia borders: Citizens living overseas could be ‘trapped’ if they return
By Frances Mao
BBC News, Sydney
Australians living overseas could be “trapped” in Australia if they return, after the nation’s government tightened its border rules without notice.
Since March last year, the country has banned its citizens from leaving the country as part of its Covid strategy.
That restriction has not previously applied to Australians who usually live in other countries.
But they will now need to apply for an exemption for outbound travel – in line with rules for other Australians.
Australia’s tough border rules have been controversial. Critics say this change – in effect from 11 August – will further punish families and deter citizens from returning.
The government said the measure aimed to reduce the risk of Covid cases entering the country, as it grapples with its worst outbreaks in a year.
Australia already has a weekly limit on incoming travellers and bans foreigners from entry unless they have an exemption. Its policies are among the strictest globally.
Last month, it halved the number of permitted arrivals due to Delta variant outbreaks.
Many Australians have expressed outrage at the latest move, branded by some as barbaric.
Alexandra Phelan, who lives in the US, tweeted she was “waking up to news that I’m effectively exiled from my country”.
While the closed-border policy has been mostly supported in Australia, many have also criticised its impact on citizens.
That’s got to be a bit tough on the Tourism Industry…