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  1. 15 points
    OMG! OUR VISA'S JUST GOT GRANTED!!!!! Just literally now- i hadn't even bothered checking IMMI since the 21st Dec - but they ARE working! WHAT AN END TO 2018! I'm uncontrollably crying!!!! Remain positive everyone - positive energy attracts positive outcome! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Thank you for all the advice, encouragement and laughter the past 2 years!! My timeline is in my signature!!! All the love, hope, and positive dust, Chris and Bella xxx
  2. 6 points
    But the thing is, if it's a matter of "where you feel you belong", then does any of that matter? It always worries me when I see people who stay in Australia because they're better off financially, even though they're longing to "go home". Too often they think they will move back when they retire, only to find it's not so easy because of pensions, or settled children, and then they're stuck where they don't want to be, and miserable in their old age. I'm a strong believer that living where you're happy is far more important than money.
  3. 3 points
    I’d echo some of the others and say check out your pension entitlements and then move asap if that works financially. I am a bit younger than you, single with 1adult child, so different situation but feelings about staying in Australia any longer much the same. I was in Victoria and moved 2005. I agree, it was great whilst my son was younger, wages were better and cost of living was relatively low. Fast forward 10 years and I was bored out of my mind, commuting hours for work because I couldn’t afford to live anywhere but the very outer fringes of Melbourne and actively considered driving my car into oncoming traffic one day because that would mean I might be able to stay in bed for a few weeks and not have to engage with life........ I returned to the UK in June and I feel much better. More at peace. I moved to a different area than where I originally came from, but that was because my home town was and still is an armpit of a place and being in the southeast a very overpriced armpit! People talk about sunshine but that just made Australia a hot, sweaty, fly ridden prison in the end for me. I go out more here, I am in Cheshire, so not far from Manchester and yes it is grey and damp today but I put a coat on. I didn’t swim in the sea in Australia because the water quality at some of the beaches was often poor and there are bitey, stingy things! I’m a bit pathetic that way! Flip side I loved Australia for the first 10 of those years and I have returned in a much better position than when I left. I worked harder in Australia than I did/do in the UK and I’m a nurse, so work/life is now better for me in the UK which is the opposite of what many think/say. Occupation/area/person specific obviously. I wish you all the best with your decision. If you decide to return to the UK do it with your head held high, there’s no pass or fail. You have lived a great experience for 14 odd years. I did some spreadsheets for costs to make sure I could afford living costs in the UK and tbh housing is the biggest difference, everything else evens out when done as a % of income. Good luck.
  4. 2 points
    An open border into the UK doesn’t sound like having control over your borders. Unless by having control Brexiteers meant open borders so that anyone could just walk in.
  5. 2 points
    All of these suggestions potentially leave the UK better off as a non-member than they were as a member. The EU would never have agreed to any deal that led to that as it would destroy the EU as a body within a couple of years. Brexiteers have never shown any capacity to consider the position of the other party in the negotiation. You cannot negotiate effectively unless you understand the motivations of the other party and recognise the points of compromise. May’s deal is not a good one for the UK but it went as far as it was possible to move the EU. Any further and the integrity of the EU is damaged - potentially irreparably. We are now at the point of determining which side will be damaged more than the other by the Brexit options. In this respect Brexit is an unusual negotiation as normally parties negotiate to try to reach deals to mutual advantage rather than mutual disadvantage. Brexit has always been an exercise in damage limitation. Just part of the reason why the exercise has been so dispiriting and why the UK has been unable to keep its Ministers in charge of it.
  6. 2 points
    I agree the Blue Mountains are cooler but you do need to get up past Glenbrook before the temperature drops much - and that adds noticeably to the commute time. The OP has absolutely no need to live in Sydney, they have a 190 which means they have to live somewhere in NSW. Personally, if I had the choice, there is no way I'd live in Penrith when I have all the coastal towns to choose from.
  7. 2 points
    Think he has missed Christianity Islam and the other 3 or 4 thousand other religions in the world that have abused their power throughout history.
  8. 2 points
    That's awful! Glad you are far happier now Amber.
  9. 2 points
    I lived in Manchester years ago and I felt the same way, I then moved there in 2011 with my (now) wife, that summer it rained every single day, Manchester gets a lot of rain due to it's proximity to the Pennines, the humid air rises up, condenses and then dumps rain (on Manchester) We had an apartment right by Old Trafford (handy for the games) and my wife (who's Polish) said it was the most depressing place she's ever lived with dirty red bricked warehouse style buildings everywhere, we moved after 6 months. It has some nice restaurants, Salford Quays is nice now with media city and it's very modern, Didsbury is quite nice although expensive. You wont have the outdoor lifestyle you have in Oz in the UK and you'll be limited to a few BBQs a year, you'll also never swim in the sea (unless you're frankly insane) as it's so cold. All the very best with your decision.
  10. 2 points
  11. 2 points
    If you don't see yourself spending the rest of your life in Australia, go back right now. Don't let pride hold you back. I say go now, because if you leave it too long, you may stuff up your entitlement to the British aged pension. Meanwhile, if you leave Australia before retirement age (whatever that will be by that time - 67? 68?) then you won't be able to claim the Australian govt pension at all, not even pro rata. If you've got a healthy private pension you may not care about that, but it's important to be aware of it.
  12. 1 point
    I would really counsel that you wait to see how brexit plays out before you do anything irrevocable. And really check out the business scene back here and the higher education situation. I'm sure you've given thought to all those things but things have changed enormously in 14 years, we were out for 10 years and back 4.5 years
  13. 1 point
    CONGRATULATIONS!! God Bless!! Have a wonderful New Year.. Buy a Lotto, What are the chances of getting a grant on the 31st od Dec.
  14. 1 point
    Yep, Christianity and Islam have a lot to answer for.
  15. 1 point
    If you don't get banned for that hate speech there is a big problem here.
  16. 1 point
    Yes, but unfortunately it will notbe about legal travellers will it, the demand for border controls will grow when it is used as a entry point by asylum seekers and proper illegal migrants, it may start off well but with the likes of the "Mail" it won't stay that way will it
  17. 1 point
    Yes... last 10 years from wherever sponsor spent more than 12 months commulatively
  18. 1 point
    I have friends (from my school days) who migrated to Canada many years ago. Some of them never settled there either and are going back to Scotland when they retire. Others are happy to stay for ever. Reading this forum over the past few years it seems to apply to folk who migrated to Australia too. We are lucky in Tasmania as we get four proper seasons. Take today for example - the mainland is having a heatwave. 41 in Adelaide, 36 in Melbourne and Canberra. Here it is 21 at the moment and is forecast to reach 24. I love it - even our winters. I get out every day no matter what the weather is like. I've made friends everywhere we have lived. Like you I am an introvert and never crave companionship but it's nice to have people whose company I enjoy. I always seem to meet people with whom I have a lot in common. Perhaps I have struck lucky and I wouldn't live back permanently in the UK now. I feel I fit in here. Best wishes for your move back to the UK - nothing better than feeling at peace with yourself wherever you live.
  19. 1 point
    Getting to my late 50’s now and hoping to retire at least part Year in UK. After 11 years of hot weather, I’ve come to the realisation that I prefer the seasons and the occasional treat of summer sun - and Warm sun is a short flight away if you want it. Watching latest season of ‘cold feet’ made me want to get to know Manchester better (I’m from the south east) - funny what appeals after all these years. My grown up daughter definitely wants to stay in Oz though and my son is undecided so that will be a wrench. I miss the company of family and good friends and stimulating conversation - it’s so pleasant here but I’m a natural introvert and don’t fit here...each time I slip back to the UK it’s lovely to belong. For many this doesn’t matter but I don’t fancy a lonely retirement here - however beautiful it is.
  20. 1 point
    Unfortunately it's not as simple as that. You can look at all the logical reasons why Australia is "better" but at the end of the day, logic is not what matters. It's where you feel at home that matters. There's several threads on these forums by people who came to Australia, didn't like it, and are absolutely thrilled to be back in the UK again, grey clouds or not. People may leave the UK in droves but about half of them do end up going home, though you may find that hard to believe now! Personally, I prefer Australia, but I do know that it's very much a matter of personal preference. It's not a black-and-white case of one country being better than the other.
  21. 1 point
  22. 1 point
    “Since Jesus played fullback for Jerusalem”
  23. 1 point
    also if you have a rant and say you do not need advice ... ask if you have the right to be mega angry ... men can upset you and advise you to break up your marriage ... say / suggest you are over sensitive / not a nice person ... sometimes you need to rant ... express how you feel ... up until now several people have done it on here and have been helped by the kindness of other posters ... if you cannot say anything nice DON'T POST ...
  24. 1 point
    finally found and bought the correct size tin for cooking brownies ... it's the little things ...
  25. 1 point
    I take magnesium for it and magnesium oil helps ...
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