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  1. 5 points
    Total lack of respect for others and their environment fueled by a sense of entitlement. I have in the past, confronted others for littering on no less than 4 occasions and in every case, the perpetrator "lost their rag", so it seems to me that there's also an "angry person" element.
  2. 4 points
    Misty Sunrise Launching Lake Samsonvale by Kevin Dickinson, on Flickr
  3. 3 points
    No it's not. At the same temperature you will feel hotter in humid conditions. Whether you feel hotter than someone else is subjective. But you will feel hotter the more humid it gets.
  4. 2 points
    what I would give to have some of the armchair critics being given Andrews/Morrison/Trump/Johnson office and watch them implement their "wisdom"...and also face opposing "logic" from those who don't agree with them. I am by far an Andrews supporter, quite far. But i do not envy the man and the position he finds himself in. The best I can do as a citizen of Victoria is to be supportive and do what (at least to me) seems the reasonable thing. Yes, when the time is right, we will roast him over the coals using hindsight for the hotel security gaffes etc and other things we are yet aware of. for context, I'm only just now watching a documentary, "Challenger:The Final Flight" about the 1986 explosion of the spacecraft. I am sure, my children will be the ones to criticize Andrews and his peers around the world because by then they will know every single thing there is to know. to pretend one knows, now, what is wrong and right to do...without the full support and resources that possibly only a government or an organisation as big as a government can provide (eg Tesla, Apple, Samsung)...and only based on one side of the internet/media....is quite simply ...delusional Andrews is not right.... neither is he wrong. i believe he is doing the best according to what he believes and from the consensus of those around him, with the full knowledge that each and every decision he is making is going to get criticized when the dust settles and if he does anything illegal, he will face the full force of the law
  5. 2 points
    True..when we left U.K. we thought we would be out in the Perth sun every day, but sadly the novelty wore off within weeks. We are out far more in the U.K. Live up on a hill above a beautiful village, amazing country walks, forest walks, great village pub serving great beer and home cooked food and in winter they have a rip roaring open fire on the go and I love nothing more than sitting by that fire with a brandy or a malt whisky and pint of Tennents on a cold evening. A short drive away, we have a big town with a 24 hour supermarket, great pubs, live venues, great shops, clubs for our hobbies (impossible to find down there). After 8 years on a baking hot suburb bored to death, the U.K.feels like the greatest place ever.
  6. 2 points
    Hi! Everyone I have been a silent reader this forum for 2 years. this forum gave me hope and keep me go forward! Many thank to everyone . just want to share my won AAT nomination. nomination , application refusals: 2017 apply AAT: 2017 Hearing AAT on 08/09/20220 nomination approved: set aside : 18/09/2020 Application remitted back to immigration department: 18/09/2020 now! I keeping submits AFP, police check from my country. state: NSW occupation: light technician visa: 186 TRT wish everyone still keeping hope and go forward. thanks
  7. 1 point
    What do you think the psychology is behind people who do this? It can’t be down to a lack of education surely?
  8. 1 point
    Points are not awarded for a skillls assessment, but might be foe an underpinning qualification.
  9. 1 point
    Exactly. Everyone can be an expert, after the fact. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
  10. 1 point
    Hello, This link might be useful. https://www.seekvisa.com.au/covid-19-concessions-for-skilled-regional-887-visa/ Cheers
  11. 1 point
    According to the Immi website: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/change-in-situation/relationship-ended This doesn't look like it's automatic but it does look hopeful. It really would be worth investing in professional advice because if you stuff this up, it will be devastating for you and your child.
  12. 1 point
    I took these last Spring at dusk at Cowaramup Bay, Gracetown in WA. I sat there mesmerized watching the sky change colour....it coukdnt really be captured on my phone camera...one of the most stunning sunsets i ever saw. Got back to the house and realised I'd been savaged by about 100 mozzies. Worth it though.
  13. 1 point
    We found we could actually walk down to our local shopping centre whereas before we thought it was too far. It is 1.5 km so really not far at all, it is just that we were so used to getting in the car we didn't think to walk down there. Amazing the number of people doing the same now. We never used to see anyone on foot. You wouldn't want your suburb to be too 'liveable' because too many people might move in and crowd it up. Some of us prefer the country style life and don't want to be literally on top of schools and shops. Especially not schools!
  14. 1 point
    Hi @dilby. Have a look at the Applicable Fund Earnings tax provisions - in essence you (or the receiving super fund if all of the UK fund is transferred into the Aus super fund) will be taxed on the growth in the value of the UK scheme from the time you became a tax resident of Australia. If you are receiving monies personally from the UK scheme the AFE provisions still apply, but the UK scheme administrators will deduct tax on the sum in excess of the 25% tax free component under PAYE, unless you can engineer a NT (No Tax) PAYE Coding by leveraging the applicable provision of the UK-Australia Tax Treaty. Yes, a transfer to an Australian super fund can avoid all of the above, but it is a much tighter regime for pension transfers out of the UK these days. Andy at Vista can comment, and you are very welcome to ping a private message to me as well. Best regards.
  15. 1 point
    I do agree. I read posts about living in Australia and it isn’t my experience at all. Stuck in a box surrounded by brown grass, nothing to do, too hot. Not my experience. Four glorious seasons in the Adelaide Hills, restaurants cellar doors, cafes and shops within walking distance. Friendly neighbours great community, grass green for most of the year. City and beaches a short drive. Seen more live music and theatre than in UK and don’t get me started on the festivals! There is somewhere for everyone here it is a big country. Homesickness stops you from enjoying the present life, I think that is what the real issue is. I do miss Europe but have loved being able to explore Asia, if you embrace the new and keep an open mind you never get old. We will both be retired soon and looking forward to the adventures we can have exploring new places and new things.
  16. 1 point
    Some things that resonated with me too in what you said in your reply....That bit about the summers in Perth, yep totally brutal and apart from a few months where it’s pleasant, the winters were depressing...grey dry and windy so most of the year the weather was truly rubbish. Stuck in your patio most of the time looking at a bland 6ft grey fibreboard fence. We felt old down there like stuck in a retirement village....and in my late 30s an employment agency actually once told me I was too old for a job. Fast forward 8 years...sold up came home, both found great jobs quickly, better paid, bigger/better house than we had down there, more freedom, more money in our pockets, better work/life balance, nicer cheaper cars, great location, more happening, travel, friends, family, proper TV, List goes on.
  17. 1 point
    I think this is probably the reason for the limit. Often, the patient is taken into a room and the people accompanying have to wait in a corridor. Let one person in and they'll sit anxiously waiting, because they've got no choice. Let two people in and the second person doesn't have to sit still - and when you're anxious, you want something to take your mind off it. So the second person will go off in search of a coffee, go out for a smoke, pace the corridor, etc. Much more risk of interaction, and more people to track down if there is an infection in the hospital. As Parley says, the bottom line is that even if he was refused, there was no excuse for him getting aggressive or abusive anyway.
  18. 1 point
    Yes I have had a sick child rushed to hospital. They had to stay in as it was serious. I stayed there with them and their dad went home and looked after our other child. Whilst he’d have liked to be there too, we had no one who could look after the other one overnight so he did. That would probably happen with many sick little ones if there was another child that needed looking after. Not everyone has on demand round the clock babysitters in that situation. My small sick child soon got better and we went home. He’s in his 30’s now and he has had no negative effects to his dad not being there. In fact, I’m not sure he’d have been bothered that I was there once he started to improve. He seemed to much prefer the nurses who let him watch Thomas the Tank Engine videos on repeat for hours on end whilst feeding him copious amounts of sweets (probably not the acceptable thing these days) I agree with you about the carer thing. I have been my mums carer for the last few years. Just over two months ago her dementia took a big dip and it was obvious that she could no longer live on her own. Even with the carers I’d arranged to go in to see her twice a day and me calling in each day, she’d got to the point it wasn’t safe and I had to arrange for her to go into a care home. It has been one of the worst periods I can remember and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. She’s been in the care home now for 4 weeks and has an appointment at the hospital eye clinic for an eye injection as she has masculsr degeneration. I’ve always taken her to them and stayed with her as she doesn’t really understand what’s happening. The care home wont allow me to take her. They are lovely and feel terrible about it but their policy is no resident can be in a family members car. I understand that. Imagine if I had COVID, gave it to her and she gave it to 60 other residents. Their policy is a carer from the home takes the patient for hospital appointments. My mum won’t understand and will be terrified but it is what it is. I can’t change it and I understand that these policy’s are in place for the right reasons. I agree with you that a paid carer is perhaps a higher risk than a family member. I guess the difference is they have to visit/attend to them anyway so there’s no more risk. It’s sad that parents and carers can’t be with their loved ones at bad times but we have to accept none of these decisions are in place just for a laugh. Sometimes tough measures have to be accepted for the good of others.
  19. 1 point
    Actually I imported the application into my immi account without informing the agent. Just saw the status changed while casually checking my visa status. I informed the agent
  20. 1 point
    My daughter's (17 year old) citizenship application was processed within 6 weeks....woooohoooo!!! Timeline.... Applied Citizenship 08/08/2020 Approval 19/08/2020 Invitation 28/08/2020 Test Date None Ceremony 17/09/2020 Sydney - City
  21. 1 point
    Yes, it is massively underrated by the British! The British attitude is "hot weather good, cold weather bad", which is why Australia is seen as a paradise. It's only when you have to live in a hot climate that you realise that (a) working in hot weather isn't nearly as much fun as holidaying in it, and (b) it is actually possible to be too hot.
  22. 1 point
    Hey Original UK citizen i thought I’d give my timeline as I just had my virtual ceremony last week. I was very lucky with how quickly mine all processed: Applied for citizenship: 14th Jan 2020 Test Date: 11th March 2020 (rescheduled from May). Approved same day. I called Home Affairs in July to follow up on virtual ceremonies as may need to leave the country in Oct. Told to email to request which I did. Email received 31st July with ceremony date Virtual Ceremony: 6th August 2020 - finalised same day. Currently awaiting certificate in post. Sometimes following up helps. Good luck all
  23. 1 point
    I believe genetic memory is a perfectly valid 'thing' ... how does a bird know how to build a nest for the very first time ?? The first time I went to Scotland, it rained every day but I felt very comfortable and cosy there, very much like I was at home. My family grew up in the west country but it transpires there is a family line back to Scotland, so who knows !! We have been back 3 years with its ups and downs but I feel very much that I am home again. We had a short break in February for some winter sunshine and when we were flying back and I could look down and see all the trees and houses etc I felt something in my chest 'click' into place, like a piece of a puzzle being slotted in.
  24. 1 point
    Like my mate Cal, we today hit our ten year milestone of living in Aus. What I'm about to write is based entirely on my and my families experience of having made the move. Living in Aus was never a life long dream, we visited my brother in Brisbane in 2005 for a holiday (also taking in Cains and Sydney), it was a holiday pure and simple. A couple of weeks after our return my hubby said "I could live there" (Aus), we were 40 and my thoughts had been looking toward the fact that I could take early retirement at 55. My only stipulation was that I wanted a comparable lifestyle to what we had, we'd worked hard to be in the positions that we were in as a family and at 40 I really didn't want to start all over again. As a nurse, it was easier for me to do the skills assessment, so we sent off our via application 4 months after arriving back from our holiday and 7 months later we had our visa in our hand. We'd chosen to migrate in the January, allowing my daughter to finish primary school, she'd known her friends since nursery and for her attending the leavers service at church was very much important to her at 11 and in the grand scheme of things didn't make much difference to us. We left the UK with the thought that if we didn't like Perth then Australia was a big place and we'd try somewhere else - returning to the UK was never in our mind. Leaving family is always difficult, I was leaving my dad on his own (well able to care for himself), but we'd been a big presence in his life. When we told him our thoughts, he'd said that he had been offered a job years ago in (former) Rhodesia, my mother didn't want to go and an opportunity never came around again and he regretted it and that we should do it. He visited us several times and loved the long holidays. We'd both managed to secure jobs prior to leaving the UK - we both took a step back career wise initially, but are now in the equivalent positions we had in the UK. We fell on our suburb by chance - as I only wanted a 30min commute from work (as initially I worked shifts/nights), we secured a 12 week furnished rental which whilst a little pricey (as were all house prices), was fantastic and our rent included all bills and the use of a car. At the 10 year mark, we're still in the same house and with the same employers. The children settled very quickly into school and we put an offer in for a house within 2 weeks and moved in 10 weeks later. We love the suburb we live (Leeming), it's got a good community feel and has a good mix of nationalities. It's not everyone's cup of tea as it's older houses, but houses still sell very quickly and I've noticed that some are demolishing and re-building. From an education point of view it was a little strange at first. My son was in year 2 in the uk and had homework during the week and at weekend several A4 sheets - here he didn't get much and even arriving at school you'd put your bag down and go into class, whereas his school in the uk rang a bell for the pupils to stand still, a bell to get in line and a bell to proceed ("in an orderly fashion") into school. I think we struggled with the more relaxed atmosphere than the kids did. My kids now 21 and 17 are chalk and cheese - my daughter is studious and my son is sporty and sociable - the local HS met both their needs with my daughter being in an academic extension programme and my son being able to access lots of sports. My daughter starting her 2nd year of her Masters in secondary education at UWA and my Son his final year of HS. I don't think education is better or worse in either country, I'd like to think that my kids would be where they are now irrespective of where they lived. I think you just have to accept that it's different, Australia produces lawyers, Doctors and multiple top professions, it has universities in the top 100 list - so it does do it's job. My daughter has says that she's happy to have had her teenage years here which is good for us to hear. Friendships were the thing that I missed the most in the early days and you have to accept that you can't immediately replicate those friendships that had developed over time, but slowly they do develop and we now have probably one of the closest friendship groups we've ever had in our lives with some being like surrogate family. Our friend turned up at the hairdressers when my daughter was having her hair cut on her 21st birthday with champagne bucket in hand to celebrate, she rang the hairdressers to ask the best time to surprise her. I've never wanted to go back and visit the UK, we have been lucky that my dad, in-laws and one of my hubbys brothers has been out several times. Sadly, the trip became unavoidable in March when my dad passed away suddenly, the reality is that had we lived in the UK we wouldn't have got there in time as his deterioration was very sudden. So hubby and I made the trip with our awesome friends keeping an eye on the kids, who whilst technically adult, were also grieving. A promise to my daughter that we would be back for her Uni graduation a week later. I have to say that the people we dealt with from the consultants, coroners office and funeral directors were brilliant in helping us - I did think we'd have to come back for the graduation and go back again but we didn't have to. Because of the circumstances, my visit wasn't a pleasant one or social but I didn't feel that I belonged there anymore and couldn't wait to get back home. WA has been good to us, we don't find it boring or isolated, in fact to be honest, we've probably done more than we did in the UK. Our away from work time is relaxed, we've been to concerts, shows, plays, sporting events etc., much more than we did the up. We've had holidays in WA, other parts of Aus, Singapore and USA, saving has been achievable and whilst Europe isn't on our doorstep - it hasn't really mattered to us. My daughter though did go to Europe this year and enjoyed Spain, France and Italy (Rome in particular), she called in to see her grandparents and some old primary school friends in the UK - but felt Australia was home. My son want's to see some English Football stadiums and go to a PNE game with his dad. We'll organise that later in the year for his 18th and he and my hubby, my hubby wants to do this for our boy but really doesn't want to go back to England but will do so to make his sone happy. A better life? How do you judge it - materialistically - we still live in a detached house but have a larger garden and pool, 2 outdoor covered areas for socialising/eating and even if it rains we can still have friends over for a BBQ without decanting to the garage. Educationally, as I said i'd like to think that they'd have done ok in the UK too. Work/life balance - for us has improved, we still work the same hours, but our time at home is of a better quality, we have spent more time together as a family, doing things as a family, even eating outside at home at the weekend turns into several hours spent in each others company. What we have achieved is a sense of contentment and I've had that from pretty early on in our move and for me that makes things better. Don't get me wrong, we've had bumps like health concerns, possible redundancy - but they could have happened anywhere. Life in Aus certainly isn't perfect but if you focus and concentrate on all the things that annoy you, they'd become ingrained and stop you seeing the positive things. So, all in all, the move for us has been a very good one, I never hated the UK, but can't imagine returning ... but then again I never imagined living in Aus - so who knows what's around the corner!!
  25. 1 point
    Next year I'll write a 40 year update.
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