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How To Check On Your Mates From Iso This Anzac Day

We might be distant but we can be connected.

There’s no denying the fact that Anzac Day looks a little different this year. Due to the global pandemic and tight government lockdowns, we’re unable to attend the Dawn Service or our local RSLs – but that doesn’t mean we can’t still remember and honour the brave soldiers who fought for our country, and just as importantly, check on our mates.

Commissioner of Veterans’ Affairs Don Spinks appeared on the most recent episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…where he shed a little light on the importance of staying connected while social distancing this Anzac Day, and how we can all be there for our mates. Hear about it all below:

“Anzac Day is still on – it hasn’t been cancelled,” Spinks said. “People are encouraged to remember and reflect in their own personal way.”

“I’m seeing a really positive movement even though people can’t go to the march,” he said. “I still think the spirit is strong. It’s much bigger than one day.”

Whether you give an elderly family member or veteran a call, offer to do their groceries, send your mates a letter, or deliver a homemade batch of Anzac cookies – this year is all about the kind of mateship Don Spinks is so proud of.

“It takes a community to support a veteran and their family,” Spinks said. “What we’re asking people to do tomorrow – call a veteran, check how they’re going, show interest.”

“Mateship is what it’s all about,” he said. “It’s part of our culture – taking care of your mates. It’s a really powerful tool.”

There’s also the Australian Department of Veterans’ Affairs Distant but Connected initiative that encourages Aussies to reach out to a mate, and contact Open Arms Support on 1800 011 046 if veterans and their family members need someone to talk to. 

If you’re unable to make it out to your driveway, balcony or living room for the broadcasted memorial service at 5am tomorrow, you can take part later in the morning. 

At 11:30am on Anzac Day, Spinks is encouraging all Aussies to pause and reflect for a four-minute commemoration including The Ode, The Last Post, one minute of silence and the Rouse. 

There are plenty of ways we can stay connected, take care of each other and pay our respects this Anzac Day – it’s the little things that make a world of difference. 

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If This Is The Future Of Restaurant Dining, Iso Is Looking Pretty Damn Comfy

Dinner with a side of hand sanitiser.

As we continue to flatten the curve, there has been much talk about what society will look like once the pandemic passes and lockdowns lift. One aspect of life that might look a bit different in the future is dining out, if these restaurants in Asia are anything to go by.

Restaurateur and Ugly Delicious host Dave Chang recently reached out to his Twitter followers to find out what restaurants in Taipei, Hong Kong, Korea and China look like now that they’ve reopened.

Chang asked about the seating set-ups, what guests and servers were wearing, and how new kitchen protocols are going, and was met with some pretty interesting responses.

In many restaurants, tables were marked as unavailable to maintain safe social distances and some had even installed guards and barriers between booths. 

At other establishments, restaurant workers have been taking temperatures at the door, and at a McDonald’s in Beijing, the temperatures of the workers who prepared food are being marked on takeout containers.

Almost every response to Chang’s callout mentioned an increased presence of hand sanitiser and restaurant workers wearing masks and protective clothing. One restaurant in Beijing is even delivering food to tables via a robot. 

The future really is, nigh. 

It’s reassuring to see that many restaurants across Asia are reopening after the devastating impacts of COVID-19, but isolation is looking pretty damn comfy compared to some of these new hygiene procedures.

Speaking of COVID-19 challenges, hear about how the pandemic is impacting homeless people below:

If anything, the current state of these restaurants just proves we’ve got a long way to go until life as we know it returns to normal. A lot of respect has to go to the hospitality businesses that have been struggling through the economic impact of COVID-19 and have tried to continue serving customers throughout. 

We’re all in this together, and we each need to do our part to flatten that curve and make it through these challenging times.

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M.I.A Reckons Vogue Tried To Silence Her Anti-Vaxxer BS

She said she'd "choose death" over a vaccine.

Tensions between M.I.A and British Vogue have reached boiling point amidst the pandemic after the musician made some questionable comments about a coronavirus vaccination.

Earlier this week, M.I.A posted (then deleted) an Instagram pic of a text conversation with someone telling her that British Vogue editor Edward Enninful had withdrawn his offer to feature her in the magazine. Hear about it all below:

“Considering our August is an issue where we’re chronicling the struggles of the NHS to cope while a vaccine is tried to be made we don’t feel we can have her involved,” the message said. “It just wouldn’t be right. All of our issues July-September will be supporting frontline healthcare workers and we need to be respectful of them and all they are doing until a vaccine exists.”

In an Instagram Live, M.I.A – whose real name is Mathangi Arulpragasam – said, “I missed a lot of vaccines and plot twist: I’m still alive.”

“If I don’t make it past this age, that’s okay, I don’t have to live as a hypochondriac and inject myself with five hundred million zillion vaccines to stay alive.”

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It’s not the first time M.I.A has copped backlash for her anti-vax comments. Last month she tweeted, “If I have to choose the vaccine or chip I’m gonna choose death.”

The singer has even jumped on the baseless 5G conspiracy theories. She said that while she doesn’t think 5G gives you COVID-19, she does think “it can confuse or slow down in the healing process as the body is learning to cope with new signals, wavelengths, frequency etc at the same time as COVID.”

It’s no surprise British Vogue wants to cancel their feature with someone who has a problem with a COVID vaccine when the magazine is championing the very people at the forefront of one. 

M.I.A joins a growing list of public figures who have spoken out against a COVID-19 vaccination. Taking responsibility and understanding the power of having a platform is so important right now – spreading information that perpetuates fear or could harm someone’s health is never okay.

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