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    I'm sure that the OP has got some answers to their question or food for thought. As the thread has descended into personal comments I'll close the thread
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    Jessie in his old chair catching the breeze ?
  4. 3 points
    Thinking that these antibiotics better work .. my fourth lot since Xmas .. at least we're trying a new one.
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    True photo of a 186 visa applicant waiting for his approval:
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    We take the ... "the receptionist never smiled" type comments with a pinch of salt .. maybe they were busy? If something was wrong and the hotel put it right then that's ok for us. I do think that some people e.g. book 3 star and expect 5
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    Read a review on the Kimberlies...Woman gave 1out of 10 because 'it was too hot'. Cheers, Bobj.
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    Some vile people about and they have kids makes you fear for there futures ?
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    It sounds like you're trying to import the employer's nomination application? If that's the case, it is not possible. You are not the applicant so you don't have access to import their application.
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    Hello, New waiting times are the same Last updated: 20 March 2018 (for month ending 28 February 2018) Cheers Adam
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    I worked from home, here in Sydney, full-time for 11 years from 1997 and then on the odd occasion for another five years. I supported a large mainframe IT system remotely via a dial-up link originally and then used Citrix in later years. Loved every minute of it. People used to ask me if I was ever tempted to do the ironing instead of working. As if! I loved having no-one looking over my shoulder all day, being able to sort out my own hours, work in my nightie if I wanted to and not have to be part of any office politics. When I finally did return to working in a huge open-plan office, I was amazed how noisy it was and how little work people actually did as they were permanently being distracted by other people moving about, other people's phones ringing, having to break off whatever they were doing to attend another meeting. I was far more productive at home and enjoyed it more.
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    @TinaH there was only a mistake in IT return. Later on it was rectified. Expecting a big jump this week ?
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    Haven't seen agile used in that context before. It's generally used as a development methodology. But I get what you mean. You would probably use the word digital to describe what you mean. Although strictly speaking I've never considered that a correct term. But yes, being able to work remotely is brilliant. I can work anywhere with a laptop. I could use a phone, but it's limited for what I do. It's one of the things the UK is leading the world.
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    Since way before 2008. I was using Citrix to remote in to a customers environment back in 2000. Not sure how accessible that kind of software was from home at the time though and certainly not while mobile. Dial up internet was still the main internet connectivity at that time and that was slow. Being able to connect all the time is a bit of a double edged sword. Great for flexibility to work whenever and wherever but unless you are really disciplined it can start to eat in to your non work time and take over your life a bit.
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    Trip advisor is ok. Have to be discerning though - some go to a three star hotel, in a tropical location and then complain they had fans not air con, for example. Clearly they were expecting quite a lot for the price and complained when reality didn’t match their expectation. So take with a pinch of salt - and check all the reviews. If there is a significant pattern of complaints, then there may be something to it, otherwise it could just be someone who is a curmudgeon venting their spleen.
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    Good time to fly. Take an empty pillow cover with you. If you find you have a stretch of four to yourself, fill it with the little pillows and excess blankets and you have a full sized pillow. If you miss Easter, you may get a stretch of four down the back of the plane. They don't let you take water on board to Australia, so take an empty bottle and ask the hostesses if they will fill it. If you get in a taxi in Perth, make sure you know where you are going, as the chances are the driver won't.
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    Just think Positive always..Everything will be fine. Everyone visa will be approved. Don’t Stress and be panic... Stay Positive..[emoji4][emoji4][emoji1303][emoji1303]
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    Alrght, so I guess tonight it is time for me to open the bottle of champagne I have in the fridge which I bought when I submitted my visa application on the 17/11/17 with the hope of celebrating the granting of the visa. Haven't read the grant letter because I am not able to see it on the "Messages" section, but I was just very intense everyday looking at my immi account online to see if the "Furhter Assessment" status changed to "Finalised", which just occured 5 mins ago. Reading the word "Granted" next to my name.. ohh my godness.. It is the best feeling ever.. The most anxious wait started on the 14th of Feb after additional documents where requested, but I am glad today the wait is over. Hope you all get yours soon. See ya when I see ya dudes!!
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    Following a talk with dad, I'm posting a snapshot of my childhood in Australia. It's not a comparison with anywhere else - I moved here when I was 5 and dont recall much before then. It's just a look back at things I've done while growing up. Hopefully, for any children who read this that may be moving to Australia, it will give them a little insight into what it's like here. For the record, I've just turned 17, am currently in year 11 at school and also doing a school based apprenticeship (day release & weekends). I've lived in Melbourne, Cairns, Townsville and the Lockyer Valley. A Air cadets ALEXANDER THE GREAT: 2000 YEARS OF TREASURES at the Australian Museum in Sydney Aquariums Ammunition Storage at Charters Towers Amathyst - fossicking off the Duncan Rd AFL A-League Arcades Aboriginal Rock art Aviation Museums Astronomy - Brian Cox Live Audience Participation B Barista Traing Course Beaches Birds Body Boarding Bob - @Bobj Bouncing Bungee Jumping Banana Boat BBQ'ing Bowling C Cable Skiing Cable cars Camping Campfires Canoeing Chainsaw - undertook a Chainsaw Training Course with dad, before being unleashed on our land Cinema Citizenship Climbing Climbing (into) trees Circus Camels Cooking with Miguel Maestre Collecting - Rocks, Gems, Minerals, Fossils D Digging the paydirt Dresssing up Dining out DIY Drone Flying E Emergency Response Exploring Endevour River - following in Captain Cook's footsteps Fishing Feeding the Fish Flying over the Whitsundays Feeding the Crocs Ferry across Sydney Harbour Funfair Footy Friends Fossil Prepping Fossil Hunting Fairy Penguins at Phillip Island Fencing - living on acerage with a variety of animals, I've become quite adept at fencing G Gaol (Old Melbourne) Gardening Garnets - Fossicking for Garnets off the Plenty Highway in the NT Ghost Towns Gorges - Katherine & Cobbold Grumpy old man - Dad not too happy after I'd tipped the boat (twice) H Hanging Rock (Picnic at) Herding the Flock Herberton Historic Village HMAS Cairns - Open day at the Naval base Holidays - Bali, Singapore, Hong Kong, USA to name a few Horse Riding I Indoors - I do all the things any other teenager would do, but i won't bore you with photos of me playing consoles, on my phone, reading, watching netflix, studying etc, J Jamie Oliver - A cooking course I did at Ipswich Jobs - Part time job at the Fish Inn in Townsville & now work part time as an apprentice Chef in the Lockyer Valley K Kangaroo Karate Kayaking L Lapidary Learning to Drive M Museums - lots of them (dad's quite a fan) Military Museums Musicals - King Kong, Evil Dead, Miss Saigon, Mama Mia Music Festivals - Adele, Coldplay, Chainsmokers, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Bernard Fanning, Vance Joy to name a few Mine Tours N Netflix - like any teenager, no photo required O Observatories - Siding Spring Observatory, Parkes Radio Telescopes, Chillagoe & Charleville On Parade P Paddle Steamers at Exchuca Pets Pools Pool Q Quad Biking R Ravenwood Mining remains Relaxing Red Centre - Alice Springs Rugby League Riding my bike Road Trips S Scouts Segways Ships Snakes Snorkelling Steering boats Sunsets - Mindil Beach Swings School Swimming in Mataranka Therman Springs T Theme Parks Titanic The Exhibition Tiger Cubs Trains Tree Top walks Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs - Melbourne Museum U Uranium mine at Mary Kathleen Underground Hosiptal at Mt Isa V Volcanic Laver Tubes at Undara W Waterfalls WaterParks Weightlifing (rock) Wrecks - outback truck World War II guns - Darwin X X is always a struggle, so an anecdote will have to suffice. On one of our roadtrips, we were stoppping in a Caravan Park in Darwin. There was a zipline in the park. I was struggling to reach it/get it to move, so my older brother Mat said 'step aside, Ill show you how it's done' Which he did - until about half way across when he fell off. One X-Ray later, the diagnosis of broken arm was confirmed. Y Yabby fossils - digging for Z Zoos - Melbourne, Sydney, Australia Zoo, Currumbin, Wildlife Wonderland, Singapore to name a few
  21. 1 point
    Anyone from overseas with at least a passing interest in Australia probably at some point has watched the Australian beach-side soap opera 'Home and Away'. For those of you that haven’t it is set in the small,fictional town of Summer Bay which has an unusually high proportion of good looking people, a disproportionate amount of drama for its relatively small population and a woefully inept local police force according to my wife. The show is a huge hit overseas as it gives a glimpse of an idyllic Australian beachside existence that many in the UK and across the world can only dream of. Which begs the question...how real is it? I mean, obviously it’s a fictional series, but there is always a degree of fact that gets stretched by even the best TV writers. So is it real or not? Well, like anything of this nature, the answer is yes and no. Yes, this beautiful beach-side existence is real and it is still out there for you to find and enjoy. There are still so many small, relatively untouched, beautiful beach-side towns dotted right around the Australian coastline in a country where 90% of its population lives within 90 minutes of the beach. Yes they are disproportionately full of good looking, fit people who spend as much time as they can either surfing or walking along the beach nonchalantly throwing sticks as they go. Yes there are plenty of surf clubs like the legendary Summer Bay Surf club which are in many ways the social backbone of these communities, bringing with them their self-styled beachside culture enforcers such as the Home and Away stalwart Alf Stewart. Some of these real places are almost impossibly beautiful and laid back. Even as I write this, I can almost hear the sounds of thousands of people simultaneously packing their houses up and filling out their visa applications to head to Australia, possibly permanently. But before you pack that last set of beach towels and lock the door for the last time, keep in mind that there are a few downsides. First of all, you aren’t the first people to work this out. Australians worked it out a long time ago and have beaten you to the best spots. In fact, Palm Beach, the outer northern Sydney beachside suburb where Home and Away is filmed, is more full of ferrari-driving multi-millionaires than people living in a caravan park. According to realestate.com.au Palm Beach’s average house price sits at A$2.7 million or about 1.5 million pounds sterling. Not exactly shabby. Beachside suburbs in Sydney are ridiculously expensive, relegating most foreigners who visit or live there to units. Popular suburbs in Australia for ex-pats include Bondi, Coogee, Clovelly, Manly and Cronulla in Sydney, The Entrance on the NSW Central Coast, Byron Bay in northern NSW, St Kilda in Melbourne, Glenelg in Adelaide, Fremantle in Perth and the aptly named Surfers Paradise in Queensland. Not only are they full of tourists, they are full of hopeful migrants, Australians who haven’t grown up there and a smattering of smug locals who bought when prices were still remotely affordable and have watch their property values skyrocket. In fact, beach-side suburbs in Sydney’s prime Eastern Suburbs were once quite affordable, thanks to the Japanese navy which had actually shelled these areas with midget subs during World War 2. The rebound impact of this was that it actually made them so affordable that many European migrants moved there in the 1950s and made an absolute killing when they became prime real estate towards the end of the 20th Century and beyond. For the average Sydneysider though, these beach-side suburbs are only visited a handful of times each year and it is not uncommon for busloads of ethnic Sydney kids to visit them on school excursions complete with a genuine excitement of seeing the beach for the first time, despite only leaving within 60-90 minutes from it. Life in these suburbs is quite expensive, even for the most basic things. It even inspired the mockumentary Avalon Now where locals routinely queue up to pay $100 for a soy latte and a bunch of kale as their car gets towed away because it is double parked amid the hordes of beach-side tourists competing for parking spots. So once you do manage to sell everything to get to this beach-side paradise, don’t expect the locals to exactly throw out the welcome mat until you have either been there for three generations or become involved in the local surf club. Despite all of this, it is still worth the effort to live or stay in one of these areas, even for a short time. Then go back home and work out a desperate plan to get enough money to live there full time. In a beautiful beach-side unit next to the local cafe and surf club. I know that’s what I’m doing...
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    Thinking of the Irish family who put glass in their meals and blackmailed the owners to give them free food and drinks or they would bad mouth them on the Internet. Its not the first time this as happened, where my son use to work in Townsville someone left a negative review saying they couldn’t eat their fish and their partner couldn’t eat their steak and they posted on TripAdvisor expecting a free meal, however, they came a little unstuck as the cctv footage was reviewed and not only did the waitress ask them if everything was ok they said yes and ate everything on their plate. It seems to be getting as bad on FB you ask for a recommendation but all the replies are usually friends of the person saying how good they are and you never know what’s true or not. Also i have witnessed business competitors slating each other’s business. I know of a cat breeder where we recently got ours from and the woman has demanded all her money back because the cat keeps escaping from the garden, I mean what the hell, it’s a cat.
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    Did I really write that ? How embarassing.
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    Maybe they are very happy in their misery. ?
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