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  1. 5 points
    I'd echo Quoll's advice on this. Our children are only on loan to us and sooner or later will need to strike out on their own. Your son will have the option of having two countries that he can call home, quite apart from other new horizons that might open up to him elsewhere. Can you really be expected to stay put here when he might take off for pastures newer at any time? You've got a life to lead too! My oldest (16) is dead set on living in the UK (her country of birth) when she's able to, whereas our youngest (11) looks appalled at the thought of ever leaving Melbourne. At some stage my wife and I are going to have face the prospect of at least one of them living somewhere that's a long-haul flight to get to. I came here to give them a better life than we could back home, and part of that was the chance to explore what this region has to offer or to go wherever the travel bug takes them. That's up to them, but there's no way I'm going to stay here on the off-chance they might come back to Melbourne for a time. I've made sacrifices to ensure they have a good life here, but you do reach a cut-off point when you conclude "well, this is my time now."
  2. 4 points
    First, get your citizenship, you've been here long enough for that and it will make things a whole lot easier without having to bother with RRVs etc. I have one son in UK and one in Australia. Son #1 went to UK for a post Uni gap year - in 2002 and hasn't come back and nor will he, now married, own home, child and good career. DH and I went to UK in 2011 for an 8 week holiday and returned almost a decade later so I have been on different continents to one or other of my sons for the last 20 years. How easy is it? Quite easy really in this day and age - there is FaceTime, sms and a one stop airflight, albeit 24 hours + travelling door to door. However in some ways it was easier for me back in the day to leave my mum and dad and go to Australia - almost an out of sight out of mind thing with phone calls costing a fortune and airmail taking a week - 10 days. There is no telling what your son will decide to do - he could be like mine, go back for a holiday and not return or he could go anywhere else in the world from Arizona to Zambia, you never know - so will you be trekking around the country or world after him once he gets his adult wings? I am a firm believer in letting them fly once they have got to that stage and then you are free to do what you want to do with the rest of your life! For me, the near decade in UK was the best thing that has happened to me in a long time. My health - both physical and mental - improved out of sight, I belonged, made friends, saw my country and generally had a great time whilst doing the hard yards caring for my then very aged parents (now both dead). I think, had I known then what I know now, I would have pushed for a return to UK while we were still young enough to have established ourselves there and been comfortable in retirement. However, we went past the point of no return and we had to come back to Australia where our pensions and paid off home were. Give it a go and see what happens, it'll either work or it wont but, as I said, get your citizenship before you do it - so much less faffing about!!!
  3. 3 points
    In March last year after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I made a real effort to lose weight. From March to September with the help of a fantastic dietician by reducing carbs and calories I managed to lose 29 kg. I've managed to maintain the weight loss but find that I'm getting a bit bored with the same recipes. Anyone got any good low cal/carb recipes to share?
  4. 2 points
    As someone who has actually done this, our story is. When my husband retired, after being expats for 10 years, we decided it was our time to do what we wanted to do, so we decided to live in Australia for a few years, rather than return to England. Our 3 children were in England, but all had finished university, and independent, which is I think is very relevant. Youngest was 22, but also they were used to us living in another country and joining us for their holidays. It was much harder for them to be apart from us when they were younger though. So after 19 years, we are still happily living in Australia, 2 of our children followed us to live here, and have absolutely no intention of moving back to England. Our oldest stayed in England and will never consider leaving. Like so many of our friends, our children have chosen where and how to live their lives. Our only grandchildren are in UK, we have visited annually pre covid, but that’s life, you make choices and some good, some bad, and have to accept them. I wonder if history repeats, as I went to live in Zambia in my mid twenties, never giving much thought about the effect it had on my single mother, and then in retirement, my husband and I did what we wanted to do, but did make sure that our children were independent and had somewhere to live, what they did after that was up to them.
  5. 2 points
    I live in Mandurah and totally disagree. Yes there is Ice use, but no it's not everywhere. I've read several comments that you've made about this now and I don't think it's accurate. I appreciate it's one persons opinion against another but maybe this is needed in this instance for a more balanced view. I live in the suburbs but work locally within the Mandurah community. Realistically if you live in the suburbs you won't find the issues that you can find in the cheaper, centrally located housing.
  6. 1 point
    Hi Everyone. I’ve just joined today! Can’t believe I’ve been here 17 years and never found this site! I’m really looking for some advice or other people’s experience of having lived here a long time and then moving back to the UK when you have a child/children. My son will be finishing school in 2 years so will officially be an adult. Despite being here since 2005, I have always missed home desperately. He was born here and has been back to the UK on holiday a few times with me but I am seriously considering going back there to live once he finished school. Ideally I’d like to live there for 9 or 10 months and then come here for 2 or 3 months to visit him. I’m a PR so there wouldn’t be a visa issue. Has anyone done this and how hard was it to leave? My heart is being split in two and I just don’t know what to do for the best. Any advice greatly appreciated.
  7. 1 point
    Definitely get your citizenship it is easier and cheaper in the long run than RRVs and who knows when rules might change etc. Apply now! Then you can travel and live abroad for however long and always return without issue. Do think carefully about the financials. The UK will tax your super as income and exchange rates can be an issue too with foreign income. Get some advice on this. We moved in our 50s to Aus for good after two attempts! Both our adult sons are also now here and thriving but I have no illusions about them staying forever it is their life after all.
  8. 1 point
    If you have an agent, they will be able to advise on this better than an Internet forum.
  9. 1 point
    Made something new - My own Chicken & Chorizo dish. 500g of chicken chunks 1 x Chorizo (I used the one from the Woolies deli counter) 2 x Brown onion - diced 2-3 x Carrots - Diced 2 x Chicken Stock Cubes 2 x Tinned Tomatoes 1 x Tin Chickpeas 1 x Tsp of chili flakes 1 x Tsp of minced garlic Sometimes I also used Capsicum and Mushrooms. Can be served alone or with mashed potatoes.
  10. 1 point
    PSS won't know how long you have owned the buggy, even if it is in it's original box. Everything you own is more than six months old, isn't it. The man who wore the suit gave you the quote is not the gorilla in a gravy stained tshirt who packs your box and puts it in a moving truck.
  11. 1 point
    What does that actually entail? University based or school based? Significant teacher training hours? Is it a post graduate certificate? AFAIK the PGCE doesnt necessarily have credit towards a masters.
  12. 1 point
    @Marisawright @Ceebs-x My mother in law used Down under centre and they were very good. The problem is everyone has their own opinions on who to use and who’s the best. Personally I wouldn’t use and Australian based agent after the trouble of communication. You end up emailing and then then don’t get back to you till the following day. Whereas going with who we have now I email I get a reply. I want to call I just call and speak so personally would always go for a U.K one but everyone is different and everyone will have their own opinions! Hope that helps! But now we’re on the right track I’ll probably end the post here! Thanks all!
  13. 1 point
    Applied 26/08/16 Visa granted 27/9/22 Yay!!
  14. 1 point
    Hamelin Bay nr Augusta yesterday
  15. 1 point
    hi all, just wanna let you know that I just got email for requesting more information ( lodgement date 5/1/2017). did anyone apply for AOS when staying outside Australia? Thanks
  16. 1 point
    I’m not saying that my husband is a chocoholic, but I sent him out with a shopping list for a casserole I was going to cook, and in the middle of a list of meat, veggies etc I wrote 2 tin toms He returned with 2 packets of. Tim Tams an easy mistake, but an unusual ingredient in a casserole. He enjoyed them though.
  17. 1 point
    I have to say that this is the best start to a Tory prime ministership that I have ever seen. It's only been two weeks and she's killed the queen, destroyed the pound and put a rocket under fuel prices. Can't wait to see what she does in week three? Invade Russia? Decommissioning the NHS?
  18. 1 point
    I'm all for letting people choose how they live their lives and and certainly for those with immune deficiencies wearing a mask is a good idea - but for those who don't, I think they should be building natural immunity and wearing a mask won't help that at all.
  19. 1 point
    Yes it definitely depends on what you do for a living and also how fit you are. I knew a shepherd in Scotland who never retired and worked almost up to the day he died at 86.
  20. 1 point
    The people we're talking about ARE working. They're doing the hours they can, dependent on their circumstances.
  21. 1 point
    Also studies saying that mask wearing was a waste of time - even detrimental. All that wasted money, wasted social interaction, hazardous waste.... It also saddens me how so much division was caused between (normally) close friends family and associates because some chose to question the official narrative and those that followed the rules to the letter.
  22. 1 point
    No, not at all. These 120k people are working part-time and are entitled to claim top-up benefits. But Kwarteng is now targeting those benefit entitlements as a money-grab opportunity. Instead of looking elsewhere (billionaires, mega-corps) for the few million he will likely save. Tory Britain.
  23. 1 point
    I assume the 120,000 you mention that are working and claiming benefits are committing benefit fraud. Do you think they shouldn't be chasing them. Should they allow people to steal from the public purse?
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  25. 1 point
    There's Dianne Abbott.