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    Hi everyone, my parents' got their visa granted today! That was really quick, less than 5 hours after PVC received the payment and the visas' in my mailbox! Good luck to everyone. Tin
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    My daughter has had her phone interview with Centrelink, and her Assurance of Support has been approved. They will send her a letter today to take to the bank and open the support bond account.
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    I am one of the people that has moved back. Oz and the UK are two of the 13 countries in which I have lived, Both are very similar in some respects and very different in others. For example, both are first world countries with similar first world pluses and minuses. But both are culturally very different in my view. That isn't a bad thing and I am not saying one is superior to the other. Just different. I am very happy back and part of that is haven been away for so long it reopens ones eyes to what the UK has to offer in terms of different things and lifestyles. For example, before we moved to Oz, we lived in a inner city location which, looking back didn't suit us. So, we moved to Oz, thinking that what the UK had to offer was not what we wanted from life and Oz might give us what we wanted. Now, we are living in a rural area (tiny village) we are much happier. That may very well simply be that we needed to be in a different lifestyle in the UK rather than anything else. But we couldn't see that at the time. Both countries have pluses and negatives and one will suit some and not others. Moving to any country has major impacts on lifestyle. It is how each positive and negative applies to the individual. For example, with Oz, some love the heat, I found it oppressive. It doesn't mean Oz is too hot and the UK has the perfect climate. It just means that for me, the UK climate is better. Also, how ones individual life pans out in either will differ. For example, many move to Oz in the hope of a better work / life balance. But we found it far worse with me working longer hours than I have ever worked, but that may be different for others. Likewise housing, some move to a 4x2 in suburbia and think that is perfection. But it isn't for me - it is as close to hell as I could imagine. It doesn't mean their view is any lesser or better than mine. Just different. At the same time, it is important for those considering moving in either direction to have a cross sample of different opinions and experiences as that can help make an informed choice. For example, going back to climate, if someone posts that they want to move to Oz for a better climate, then it is very justified in myself pointing out that in my view it isn't better.
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    Agree with this , she was fully aware what ANZAC day is and what it stands for no need for this . The abc should terminate her contract , she is being paid by the tax payer if she is not happy in Australia she can always return to her original home land
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    Hi everyone, today is the two year anniversary of our joining the 143 waiting room - it's getting a little crowded in here! I do hope there were fewer applications in late 2014 and early 2015, then we might all shuffle up the queue a bit. Good luck everyone.
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    IKNOWC but just saying hello. Used to be known as JockinTas but after faffing around couldn't login so changed my details. Been away for a wee while. Had a fab time in NZ and now have my sister visiting for all this month. Having a lovely time doing stuff together.
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    I think life in summary is just a long search for contentment and happiness. It's quite easy to read between the lines and see who is unhappy with their lot, who protests too much, and who is trying to convince themselves by criticising or tributing random objects to try and shape their own sense of worth. I don't post here much anymore and only come on for quick spurts and to catch up with any changes, but I've had some people on ignore for years because they added nothing to my experience and still cannot seem to move on with their lives. You just have to filter them out.
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    Never sure why people feel the need to criticise Australia after moving back to the UK, perhaps it's linked to feeling disappointed about the dream not working as hoped. I tried living in Aus, it's a great place but living there wasn't for me, end off. I will definitely be back to visit friends and my favourite Melbourne eateries on holidays though.
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    My daughter received the Assurance of support letter today at last! She has to get the deposit done at Commonwealth bank and take evidence to Centrelink within 14 days.
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    Getting married tomorrow and then off two Tuscany for two weeks *gonna get fat on lampredotto and gelato!
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    IKNOWC but here's a photo of Daisy, one of our Rotties
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    People can be quite blinkered and also defensive. Migrating is not easy and I would always say to people think long and hard before moving countries. Often just moving within the UK can make a real difference, even in the weather. Some bits of the UK get less rain than Adelaide! I love the UK and I love Australia. They are different and we are finding it hard to choose! We will get our Oz citizenship this year and that will give us options. We are in our mid 50 s and financially it makes sense to base ourselves in the UK but we will always want to come back here for extended periods. Hate is a very destructive emotion and often obscures something else.......
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    Stufftif...but our guard dog is on duty...
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    I collect fabric and notions/haberdashery. I love sewing, I make clothes for the kids, bags etc, and so if I see fabric, zips, hardware etc that I like, I buy and store them away. I packed my sewing machine ready to sell the house and move to the UK, but I miss it. Here are a couple of examples of my bags. The white one is made from an old sofa cover which I had saved.
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    Had a busy day today planning my Mum's 94th Birthday Afternoon Tea. Bless her! Because of Alzheimer Disease she has absolutely no idea who she is, where she is or how old she is... but all the family will be there with bells on to sing Happy Birthday and love her to pieces. So sad to see her like this, but she is very loved by us all, so the family gathering will be wonderful event, and if only she knew we were all together just for her, would be the icing on the cake... or cakes actually as we are doing cupcakes..... !!
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    When did you apply? I'm assuming 2014, in which case you will start to hear something soon. Don't get despondent, it is really hard on all of us, because the original processing time in 2014 was said to be 18 months. If we had known at the start that it would take this long, we would have accepted it and not felt so bad, it's just that expectations were raised and then slowly sloooowly beaten down. I don't know if the quota has been reached but there really is no reason to think that is the case. When my granddaughter's application was being processed, Immi told her at one stage that the quota for her visa class had been reached and so she wouldn't get it until July but they carried on processing, and sure enough in July the visa was issued. In other words, they made no secret of having reached the quota but they carried on processing applications. I have no idea of the reason for the delay, and I think all that we parent applicants can do is to make quite certain we have all the info/documents in place and ready for when it is needed, and then try to get on with life as best we can, get your house up to scratch ready for selling, and get rid of all that clutter that everybody has in their house, attic, shed. I've sold thousands of pounds worth of clutter so far and I have a little more still to sell. And I know how difficult it is not to keep sending test emails and checking the exchange rate every hour, but I've pulled back considerably on both activities because I was just torturing myself. So, keep your chin up and carry on with life as best you can.
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    . . Well Jake (autistic) had surprised me with tickets to see Bonnie Rait last night (no cameras allowed) so I took my new camera along early to get some night shots of the city and test it's iso capabilities before the concert. Unfortunately we got stuck in a traffic jam and only just made it to the concert and I knew the city lights would be out by the time the concert finished :-( The last number and halfway through, Bonnie said, "This is your chance to get a few photographs" so I whipped out the camera. I had no time to play with the settings so just fired away until security pounced and said, "phones only". They ain't brilliant but they'll do for Jake as he frames his tickets and memorabilia The support band was amazing and what a voice on the leader! California Honeydrops https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dMfDN6y4sQ. Jake bought their vinyl album during the break and walking back through the foyer the (unrecognised) band leader stopped him and asked if he wanted it signing and then called the whole band over to sign it. Jake collects vinyl and has a photographic memory when it comes to anything to do with music. It made his night, if not his year! :-) Bonnie Rait - High iso test by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr Bonnie Rait - High iso test (4) by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr Bonnie Rait - High iso test (3) by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr Bonnie Rait - High iso test (2) by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr Bonnie Rait - High iso test (1) by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr
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    Umm a little more supervision is required. Maybe he thinks cars run on fresh air like money grows on trees 😄
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    So the last few days, I've been teaching @spongebob to drive. Today, he casually mentions while we're out that there's 2km of fuel left in the car which became 0km by the time we reached the fuel station .... a little more notice would be nice next time
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    update from immi september 22nd 2014 for the 143 visa
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    Hi, to everyone who is following the date, PVC has just requested 2nd VAC for my parents 143 application, they lodged on 17/9/2014
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    You usually find reincarnations don't read the t & c's 😜
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    Daughter's plan for lodging AoS bond tomorrow: 2:30 into westpac to get bank cheque 3pm appointment at Commonwealth Bank, money will clear immediately it's paid in Centrelink for about 4pm just in time before they close at 4:30pm! I'm gonna be like Anneka rice lol!
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    What I fail to understand is the mindset of p3eople who just continue to say everything is fine in public services like the NHS and education when every bit of factual information points to the contrary,do they really believe that everybody working in these services are just lazy, self serving, work shy bludgers and all that's needed is a good dose of profit orientated management to sort them all out, even as they are told that there is no further savings to be made. Where did this mantra " public bad, private good " come from, you only have to look at the USA, lowest levels of literacy and numeracy in the west, poorest health provision in the west in terms of cost, outcomes, cases of negligence and access for all its citizen's to realise that the only beneficiaries out of that mantra are private profit making companies.
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    Yes it is if you have socialist ideals. Their (higher) earnings are achieved from the "economy of the state" Now it could be argued that irrespective of how much (financially) went into their ability to command those earnings, whether it be by privileged education via the class system, or via sheer hard work to "pull themselves up by the bootlace" the fact is, they have more disposable income than those less fortunate. Do they owe their taxes to improve the life the less fortunate? Your opinion depends on whether you are "educated" enough to remember how the less fortunate were the ones who made that country great (once)...............long before the "financial service industry" Britain was built on the pure determination, labour, and will to survive of the average bloke/woman in an industrialised nation. Labour/Industry/times have changed, but should we abandon and fail to recognise those who's descendants, are now derided as chavs and dole bludgers, or should we recognise why they are as they are and attempt to "rehabilitate" through welfare programmes, increased employment opportunities, and education? Most of those folk (dependents of) in deprived areas have since been relegated to the label of "Chav".............but ask yourself, why? Why have the Chavs of Manchester or anywhere else, become so, and why have they become an item of ridicule as opposed to questioning why they are so? Detractors of Tax breaks for the higher earners ignore the fact that they are only higher earners because the State has afforded that they so be............it isn't simply that they've worked hard, although likely the majority have, it's also because whatever it was in their "being" that enabled them to "thrive" was because of State (opportunities), above average intelligence /determination or privilege. Does that indicate that they are better/ more worthy, just lucky, or part of God's Great Plan? Whether they got to where they are through pure hard work and adversity, or privilege, class, higher IQ, WTF does it matter? Does it make them "better" (WTF does "better" mean) than those less fortunate? Does it exempt them from the "human" principle of helping those less fortunate? Those "less fortunate" may not have the higher IQ, the parental motivation, the social environment suited to better study etc etc............but, they are still "brothers/sisters" and for me, it illustrates that they need a "leg up" and what better way (moral or socialistic way, call it as you may) could be better than those who have financially benefited from the State/Labour (status quo) making a higher contribution?...............a State who's wealth was defined by Labour, to contribute by way of higher taxes for those who benefit from that labour to the welfare of the descendants of (traditional) Labour. Most may disagree, but terrorism/racial prejudice/N Korea and all other Capitalist diversions aside, I still believe that after all these years of my political awareness, that the biggest roadblock to the average (UK) punter's happiness, is the politics/lack of education that have divided Labour and ignored how the average "working class" bloke felt............divisions not strong enough within the party to cause an absolute split., but the very same divisions within society now alienating working man or the man who aspires to work, from his capitalist employers and will drive him towards Nationalism based on his perception (aided by the Far Right) that his country has been eroded by foreigners..................just as Germans thought (not so many) years ago.
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    @MARYROSE02 I can still remember a few of my father's reports of his time in POW Camps in japan and his utmost regard for the attitude the Australians took while incarcerated. It was my resolve to come to Australia, ever since he regaled me with their irrepressible manner. And that, Dave, was better than 70 years ago! Have not regretted one moment of my life out here and that is now 54 years.And, as I keep on saying, it is a fabulous life. Cheers, Bobj.
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    As I mentioned in my earlier posts, this is exactly my situation. I was offered the chance to relocate to Aus with my family to open and operate a local company in line with our global strategy and corporate practices. I'm actually under quite strict internal guidelines to employ only local people because as a group, we tend to enter a market and invest in the local community etc.. It's actually very common for overseas companies to do this in any country. It's unlikely that you will find a local person with the background knowledge and more importantly, level of trust, these corporate groups look for to head up the business. That's why they look internally first for the main role. I'd been relocated 8 years ago by the same company to do exactly the same thing. The difference was, the city I was in was hell so I jumped at this chance and even took a bit of a cut in my relocation package on condition I wouldn't be moved again so we sold up and moved here based on the previous conditions of being able to transition over time into PR and more. This is now the first stable place we've called 'home' for a very long time. I know I'm waffling a bit but the points made here about the way global companies work at a high level are exactly valid. I'm not talking MacDonalds and KFC but industrial foreign businesses with specialist technologies invest heavily into any country when opening a local company. There is a transition period where they may bring in overseas workers to train up local people but then the local business becomes self sufficient. I did exactly that. I employed 8 local Australians, including 2 graduates whilst still at university, brought 2 foreign engineers over from Europe for 6 months each to train my local staff in skills that were not available in Australia and then sent them back. Now I have a very efficient team that I manage. The business is growing rapidly and I'm even looking to expand the team further and open another satellite office in Queensland and Perth with local staff. I did that. My skills, my knowledge gained over the past 25 years but because it was over that time period, I'm now 46. Now though, it seems that level of skill set is not considered as needed for the long term in Australia and what they want is for people like me to come here, do this for 2 - 4 years and then leave and not be rewarded by the chance of PR. It's true that at this age, anyone who has moved around like this would now be looking forward towards how and where they would potentially retire. I'm not trying to create a stereotype but generally, people my age and in this level of position are not 'poor' to an extend we would be a drain on society. Think about this.. I actually have a long term strategic plan in place already for elevating my current younger staff up to a level that maybe they will take over from me in 10 - 12 years time. Thus, the cycle becomes complete and the company is fully 100% Australia and I am rewarded by being able to settle in a nice country. Why can't I be rewarded by Australia by doing this? I'm pushing forward now with the direct entry 186 before the new age limits come in next April. I think Australia has it's faults like anywhere else but in general, it is a fantastic place to live and bring up children. It's like that because of the complete multi-cultural skill set. Australia is a hell of a long way away from anywhere else though in travel times. Once these new practices come into effect fully, I really can't see many middle aged, experienced senior level people wanting to up root their families and come such a long way for such a short period and nobody is going to come all this way without their families having to face lengthy time away from the business for visiting 'home' Sorry.. rant over ;-)
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    Just sitting here and thinking about how many changes have happened. The past year has been the most settled ive been since I was 20 and now im about to go through another major transition. I think after moving to uni, moving to aus will be my last major move. Some change is necessary but I dont like feeling unsettled and not content. Just venting
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    Hey all, I have not wrote before but have been following. I submitted application on March 2nd 2017 and today have received a grant email for a 309. That's less than 7 weeks! Have been with partner 2 years and front loaded absolutely everything including medicals, police checks for us both and forms 80 and 1221 (weren't sure if these were required but didn't want anything at all to hold us up) Since my application i have not heard from immigration or even been assigned a case officer so obviously was super shocked to see that email! Definitely worth front loading as much as possible. Good luck all!
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    It really has been a painfully slow process and as you say, we all supposed we would be with our families some 18-24 months after our applications were lodged. But, we have now booked our flights. Dammit, we are going anyway We will have to live a very frugal existence on my small works pension and try not to spend too much of the house money whilst we are waiting for our visas to be processed. Immi are processing precisely 10 weeks prior to our application and we fly in 8 weeks time. We are going to opt for the standard visitor visa, apply a day or 2 before our flights and keep our fingers crossed we are assessed before the first 3 months are up. If not, a swift trip to New Zealand will be in order for a second 3 month stay and please, please we are sorted by then!! Does anyone know if there is any period of time you need to be off-shore before you can come back into the country? @juliew1499 I think you had to do this, didn't you? All I need to do now is send off for our police checks, end the tenancy on our rental house, book the removal/storage company, contact gas, electricity, Virgin TV, Water company, local Council, visit some friends and family around the UK and book a bit of a leaving bash............ Can't wait
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    IKNOWCB - It's been 5 years since I joined the forum. Plenty of ups an downs in that time but we're arriving in Oz in a week's time to validate our 189. Thanks for the help everyone!
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    Arrived in Melbourne on the 31st December 2016 with my wife and two kids aged 6 and 9.We settled in the south east suburb of Berwick which is just perfect,good little village vibe but also a short commute to the CBD so best of both worlds really. My wife and I both had jobs lined up when we arrived so got off to a good start but iv since moved jobs as has my wife as the jobs we had weren't quite what they were made out to be but we both managed to secure full time jobs within a week of leaving our other jobs and are both really settled now. Kids have settled in well in there new school and are making new friends daily. On conclusion,we as a family are loving our new life in Australia,it is a million miles away from what we were used to in Scotland.The lifestyle here is fantastic as long as you come here in the knowing that you have to work hard to achieve a good life in this country.
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    just popped in to say Hello, I'm in the waiting for a house to be designed and built waiting room now. Since our grant on 30/11/2016 we have been busy sorting out our lives in Oz. Settling down has been so much easier since our stuff arrived from the UK. I can fully recommend bringing as much as possible. bed linen and towels are expensive out here and of course only come in AU sizes. bring as much from the Uk as you can. DIY tools and gardening tools are worth bringing, hubby cleaned them up, spray painted anything that looked rusty and we had no problem. We even brought a wheel barrow and that was OK. we are finding that some things are cheaper out here, electricity, gas, rates, petrol, hardly ever pay for parking. Food and eating out costs more, shoes are expensive I've just mail ordered some in from UK. Directly factory outlet shopping malls have some good bargains. This morning the exchange rate jumped upwards so that was a pleasant surprise. We have pensions paid in the UK and the exchange rate is a constant source of concern. Luckily we did our budgeting two years ago and although we are living at the lower end of our exchange rate acceptability level we are managing. I'm so sorry to hear that the waiting time is now so much longer, our visa took two years 5 months and two weeks (sorry I'm still counting) and can believe the wait is now in the realms of 3years. Let's hope that whilst you are all waiting the exchange rate improves! Good luck everyone, it seems to take ages and time drags by real slow, but when the grant comes through life become a whirl wind and flies by! Julie
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    We are moving back to the UK within the next few months after a mostly happy eight and a half years in Sydney. There are lots of reasons for our return, I've posted about some of them before, but really it isn't that we suddenly hate Australia and love the UK, just as when we moved out here it wasn't because we hated the UK or had a crap life there. I think it is more about balances of things. There are things I love about Australia and things that I don't, just as there are things I love about the UK and things that I don't. It's just that in the past six or twelve months the balance has tipped in favour of the UK, and we've reached a kind of cross-roads point, where we either move back and commit to the UK or we commit to another eight or ten years here. There are a couple of things that I have been a bit more vocal about, such as how I have made few friends and how the friendships I have here are shallow, but I think I was only vocal about it because I'd bottled my feelings up for so long. I believed it was somehow my fault and that maybe I hadn't tried as hard as I should have, or that I had made myself unfriendly in some way. So when others said that they'd also had trouble making/keeping friends here it all tumbled out in relief. I actually think that people should talk more about the bad stuff. Not to dissuade people from coming or anything like that, but so that people can be prepared and can navigate the good and the bad stuff. Perhaps if I'd felt able to share my feelings of loneliness and difficulty in making friends more openly without being accused of Australia-bashing, and had read about others in similar situations, things wouldn't have turned out how they did. I will most likely poke my nose in and continue to post when we move back. Just because we are back in the UK doesn't take away the experiences that we have had in Australia, and I would hope that I could continue to offer advice if I can.
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    No tripod and a bit too far for my camera, but a nice moon tonight
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    Had a wonderful 24 hours with a "Business meeting" last night with @ali and Alex and a beautiful day with the best tour guide and adopted mother in Perth @Rossmoyne . I really wish we could choose our own family. This forum gave me the most wonderful friends 3 of which I look at as family.
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    Managed to get the pooch out for a good run before it started drizzling. Fun at the dog beach.
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    Never leaves home without it
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    I call it neither here nor there syndrome after the Bill Bryson book. I love Aus and the UK but neither are perfect and when I am here there are things I miss about the UK and vice versa. If you have lived in more than one country I think its quite normal to compare and contrast, Just don't be a bore about it.
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    Would like to take this opportunity to thank Cerberus and Admin for the major job in getting PIO back and better. And to Cerberus for getting me up and running again...No PIO is like no morning coffee. Yeehaa, The army blokes have arrived, well, 6 trucks to clean up.
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    I can tell that it will not work for you. Your thread title pretty much summed it up for me. "Bemused", I was also underwhelmed and thought is this it?.... I would guess British Expats are made up of a third who genuinely love it and it all works perfectly for them, another 3rd are so determined to make it work that they slog through the wobbles and convince themselves that they did the right thing - they are the ones that compensate for their insecurities by splashing out on toys like jet skis and jacuzzis to reward themselves in the hope that their homesickness fades - they lock it away in the back of their mind. The other 3rd pretty much know from the 1st 6 months that they don't belong and take the pragmatic approach. The acceptance that it was a mistake for me was like a load off my back. Telling everyone was slightly tedious with them all telling you how crappy the UK is and how fantastic Australia is but you need to follow your instinct. Even landing back in the UK when the whole enormity of what you did hits you, the huge lump of money spunked, getting back in the system, banks, schools, house, doctors,... It a stressful period but for me well worth it in the end. I now live in SE London, just an average outer london suburb but a million miles from the typical suburban hell you mention above. We have good pubs, micro pubs, restaurants, shops, schools, surgeries, coffee shops.. all a short walk away. A bus takes 20mins (stopping every 10 yards!!) to the O2 areana or Greenwich town center, blackheath common, greenwich park. 20mins on a train into Charring Cross, Rugby clubs, football clubs, 1 hour to the coast, 20 mins to bluewater. The social life is whatever you want it to be, walk in a pub you have never been in and within minutes you are chatting to new friends. I think I am the luckiest man alive, I live in the best city in the best country in the world, my kids are happy, the missus is happy the dog and cat are happy. Forget about the Aussie dream being shattered, start building your new dream!! (sorry about the poor grammer,puncuation but I have a raging hang over)
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    One of the things you have to realise is that Australia is different, and it won't change because you miss the English system which in many ways is better and more efficient. Every single day i see something that the UK does better, but it's getting out of that habit of comparison that is crucial to your future if you decide to stay. If the UK was that good, it would have a better quality of life, the population would be wealthier, healthier and happier, but any comparison you can find says that just isn't the case (overall). There are horses for courses, but maybe the more relaxed perspective over here is actually beneficial, although frustrating at times. It took me a long time to realise that I was trained to respond like a monkey in the UK and see the bad side in everything, when there are more important things in life that i was missing and at the time, didn't care about. If you're British trained in health with experience, you should get on very very well here, and that will stand you in good stead when you find your feet and break through the cultural barrier. 5 years ago we were down to our last $2000 and I, being the partner of the VISA holder had taken 6 months to find a job as i had nothing lined up, couldn't get an interview. Very depressing, very worrying and I was falling into the same sort of "what the hell is going on" frame of mind. 5 years later, we're citizens, have a house, earning enough money to aim to pay off a 30 year mortgage in 6 years. We have money to invest which we never had in the UK, we have cars each, better health, better food, and we're 100% happier for feeling we've achieved something that really wasn't going to be possible in the UK. I miss the pub, miss the closeness of mates, a good balti, the football away trips, the sarcasm and pointed humour, even the whinging and blind optimism to bad news. But for me it's a much nicer place to go back for a holiday and actually do the things i want to do, than have to live there and try and build a life. Australia is a huge place and it's not the same everywhere you go. Take a look at the greenness and wetness going on in QLD and Northern NSW at the moment, then have a look at the South East corner about 400 miles long for spectacular coastline, views and mountains..and your 4 distinct seasons. It's all on the doorstep.
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    Hi everyone! This is just a little insight into what we found in our 9 days in Melbourne. Firstly some background info, I'm a 28yo Electrician and my OH is a 24yo supervisor in a government organisation, we are from, and currently living in a village 25mins from Maidstone in Kent. We have both become a little disillusioned with life here in the UK hence the idea to move to Aus. We were attracted to Australia by the better relative earnings in our professions, housing, the outdoors lifestyle, the extra time time at home with family etc etc, basically the standard reasons for Brits who want to move to Australia. Before we set foot in Australia we had done our research and it certainly sounded like Melbourne would suit us best as we are both into the great outdoors, both love watching live sports and we don't really like the big city environment such as Paris or London amongst other reasons. We wouldn't be looking to live near the CBD, we were looking at suburbs around an hours train ride from the CBD on the southeastern side of the city so we would be a little more in the country. So our findings were - 1. We absolutely loved the city, it had a feel and a buzz to it that made the city feel alive 2. We loved the amount of parks and green areas which are disposable to the public 3. We loved the housing options and the costs. We found land, and a dream house to build that would be $240k inside our borrowing limit 4. The roads weren't busy compared to home, even during rush hour the traffic was always moving, sometimes not very fast but as a man who's spent many hours stationary on the m25, this was a vast improvement. 5. The place is just so tidy! Parks, streets, even the grass verges on the freeways were so clean and well presented 6. The people are so welcoming and polite 7. The sports! Wow, if you haven't been to Melbourne before, there is some kind of top level sport on every night here. 8. The outdoors areas to explore are insane, and very well kept 9. Compared to back home, the town's and villages have many more schooling options and facilities for families Hope this helps someone down the line, I got some great help from people on here so it's good to give a little back!
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    . . Sold 30 ficus indica at $20 each today. The buyer travelled from interstate and said that those he'd looked at in NSW were all illegals as were some he'd purchased on ebay. He was delighted and amazed at the size of the pads. Told me that I'm the only seller in Qld so no wonder I sell a few............Just as well they survived the fallout from Debbie :-) 1Z0A1350 by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr
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    @Petals I think at the moment it's the right thing to do. Especially when you hear of how some people get the Visa.
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    My wife asked me to get a specific camera in duty free if I saw it cheap. She gave me the best price she could find. Nothing in Gatwick, Dubai or Australia. Then suddenly an add pops up for the very camera she wants at the good guys, $120 off, with extra $30 off with click and collect, (don't have time for delivery anyway) and I get $30 gst back at the airport. Works out well over £100 cheaper than the UK. What's not to like?
  50. 6 likes
    Now I'm really worried
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