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  2. newjez

    Is Labour Finished?

    At the time, I assume he wasn't planning on becoming a leader of his table tennis club, never mind the labour party. He was a joke candidate. It's about time he went. Maybe he and Boris could start a double act on Saturday night telly to replace ant and Dec.
  3. newjez

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Off topic, but just out of interest, I'm quite close to the centre, just slightly libertarian and just slightly left strangely https://www.politicalcompass.org/test I would class myself as a reluctant remainer.
  4. Merlin

    Permanant residency visa (PR)

    Thanks Amber.
  5. newjez

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    We haven't left yet. Although some of us left a long time ago.
  6. Amber Snowball

    Permanant residency visa (PR)

    Think so. The travel portion usually lasts 5 years.
  7. amibovered

    Is Labour Finished?

    I thought Corbyn was a bumbling idiot, turns out he's a dangerous idiot. https://metro.co.uk/2018/08/15/jeremy-corbyn-pictured-islamist-salute-finsbury-park-mosque-7840590/
  8. amibovered

    Ben Stokes violent assault

    Jailed for defending a gay couple? https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ben-stokes-acquittal-affray-gay-couple-thankful-homophobic-abuse-a8491776.html
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  10. Merlin

    Permanant residency visa (PR)

    Hiya, I was granted a PR visa 4 years ago. The visa lasts for 5 years but I have been out of Australia for nearly 4 years. Does anyone know whether my visa is still valid for me to return before the full 5 years is up? Thanks
  11. amibovered

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Yeah, "but we haven't left yet", apparently some people keep chanting this mantra, while at the same time rocking back and forward, after a bit, they feel less anxious.
  12. BacktoDemocracy

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    I think that's 'a week.!
  13. BacktoDemocracy

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Like anything, doing one offs as a custom made item makes them very expensive, high volume brings low cost.
  14. The Smith Clan

    Can you recommend any books for PTE test?

    Best wishes also for the test. I prefer the test on a computer as it feels less of a formal exam if that makes sense.
  15. tocsa

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    Hi Inicolson, I am sorry about the refusal. What was the problem if everything was 100% correct?
  16. BacktoDemocracy

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    I wish I could feel optimistic about May, I fear she may go in a coup mounted by the right, she seems incapable of exercising her power, it seems like she is quite authoritarian in her views about immigration.
  17. newjez

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    That could make life difficult - that we will have no agreements with non eu countries because we currently have agreements through the eu. Not sure anyone has thought much about that.
  18. newjez

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Germany too - but they do loft conversions that way in the UK. But they are not cheap. https://moduloft.co.uk/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI566Uu7Dv3AIVT7vtCh0BqwqYEAAYASAAEgJsUfD_BwE
  19. newjez

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Some people really don't seem to understand the concept that immigration reduces unemployment. They have this concept that an immigrant will take a job away from someone else - thus increasing unemployment. Strange as most of them are immigrants themselves. And the first thing they probably did when they arrived was inject money into the economy - thus creating jobs. There are lagging factors obviously. The instant reduction in immigration after brexit won't cause an instant rise in unemployment - and it will also have been offset by non eu immigration increases. I guess some people have this 'immigrants stealing our jobs' branded into their brains. Immigrants come to countries that are doing well because they are doing well and they help them to do better. People leave countries that are doing badly, and they do worse as a result.
  20. newjez

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    I don't think many people understand what a strawman is, although they seem quite happy to throw them in when they lose an argument.
  21. Ashleightaylor

    Can you recommend any books for PTE test?

    My partner done PTE last month, booked again for September. Missed out on Superior English by 1 poxy point! He said that the ear plugs they provide help to block some of the background noise out [emoji4] We didn’t buy any books, but from what my partner says, the scored practice tests were very helpful. Good luck to you The Smith Clan! [emoji4]
  22. lnicolson

    Hotel manager

    Visa refused training not met. Appeal has been submitted
  23. newjez

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Do you think not being able to fill posts is a good thing? When those posts are doctors and nurses - do you still think that's a good thing? When that leads to cancelled investment do you still think it's a good thing? Why do you assume terms and conditions have improved? Much of the advantages of brexit is getting away from EU terms and conditions. How long a lag? Staffing decisions aren't normally made lightly. It's expensive making people redundant. You can lower your contract staff easily, but that is also a reason to hold onto them. The government have been making a lot of promises. I guess most businesses have been waiting to see what happens. I think the unemployment rates in two years time will give us a good indication of how brexit has gone. The pound is probably a better indication of how it is going.
  24. I just spoke to Richard Gregan on the phone. It's not an instant no but it's not sounding great. Incidentally, he seems like a very nice chap.
  25. lnicolson

    Skillselect ENS 186 Timeline

    2 year WHV (9 months with current employer) 4 years 457 (same employer) Application submitted 27/11/17 further documents requested 16/7/18 visa refused 14/8/18 training requirments not met. appeal already in process. Agent believes we have a very good case for appeal due to extenuating circumstances. If you’re training isn’t 100% correct, don’t submit it. They are really taking a hard line on training this year. Our accounts showed all the training. Receipts were also issued. Training we were told counted, went against us which was a considerable amount for 2 years. If you are doing this by yourself I highly recommend seeing an agent in regards to the training. Sh!t day yesterday but nothing else I can do. It’s up to an appeal now. Good of luck everyone else!
  26. newjez

    The (all new) Brexit Thread

    Try and think of it like WA seceding from the rest of the surface. If you don't think about the details, and especially from 12000 miles away, it probably looks like a brilliant idea. But when you get down to the details and think about how its actually going to work - and your security and livelihood are threatened, and you know that some people will make shed loads of money out of it, but they will be few and won't spread it around, then maybe it's not such a good idea.
  27. bunbury61

    The weather 😁

    weather has calmed down a bit now ...some rain and temps in the 20s we have friends who are visiting relatives on the east coast of oz . they said the weather has been crap .....snow in Sydney yesterday ????? they are now heading north ,and hoping for better weather , which iam sure they will get on the barrier reef they haven't had any decent weather yet . yes , I know its winter over there ....
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