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  1. After eight months in Surfers on the "Goldie" I came back to Sydney last week, driving down with my brother, overnighting in Kempsey. I was happy to stay in Surfers Paradise forever but I could not leave my unit as it was with a mate looking in from time to time, sometimes staying there. My cat was well overdue for her annual medical at the vet. I came back to Sydney with the intention of sorting things out here, maybe renting my flat out and putting my stuff into storage, then heading straight back to Surfers. Odd thing is that I slipped straight back into my Surry Hills life which is basically the same as in Surfers ie two cafes and three or four pubs where I'm still a local. Surfers Paradise is Surry Hills with a beach and, as long as I don't get into a car free of Sydney's horrible traffic. Surry Hills has a tram too but not as convenient as the Surfers service tho I lived right by the stop in Cavill Ave. I'll see how I go after Easter, maybe go up to Surfers, this time on my own which is also different ie will I like it on my own? I could go over to Perth too!
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    I have never been to Miami and barely know Blackpool but I get the idea - Benidorm meets Waikiki. I've been back in Surry Hills for a month now and it's as if I've never been away. Surfers Paradise for me is a bit like Surry Hills with a beach. Sitting in the Strawberry Hills hotel after the trivia and I cab see trams pass the window down Devonshire St not unlike seeing them all day and night in Surfers Paradise. I never felt particularly unsafe in Surfers Paradise because there are always people about. The places which scare me are the quiet ones after the pubs close when there's nobody about. I'm not sure what I will do. I've got vague plan to return to Surfers for a month in May and see how I feel. O don't have a home there so I'll be interested to see how it "grabs" me. 8 months there was long enough to start feeling like a local. I made friends. People know my name. Perhaps I'll become one the people who flee the cold for the Qld winters.
  3. I thought you were living in a suburb of metropolitan Perth but it seems you are in a tiny village somewhere in the Outback? I know those country towns do seem to shut down early but surely not Perth? The 24 hour IGA at Applecross just off the motorway is not 100s of kilometres from anywhere in Perth and it is not the only 24x7 IGA in Perth surely? Am I permitted to ask the name of your "Beyond the Black Stump " suburb?
  4. There are things I dislike about Sydney - traffic jams seven days a week for eg, but lack of things to do after dark is not one of them. I'm in the pub now at 2145. This one closes at midnight though I'll be long gone as I came out early. If I was in the mood there are a couple of pubs down the road open all night. Plus those RSL/Leagues/Workers clubs which I don't actually like, plus the casino open 24x7.
  5. Those shows are still on, maybe not in Ingleburn RSL but certainly in clubs like Revesby Workers - I just had a look at their website - Queen, ELO, Bee Gees tribute shows. The smaller clubs may not put on this shows though the meat raffles are always popular. Much as I hate pokies they provide the big clubs with the bulk of their income. Just about every pub has a pokies room and / or TAB, Keno. I see RWC is open from 9am to 6am every day. Most of the mega clubs are out in the far burbs where I never go.
  6. I did not know that though it's a while since I was in Sydney. Occasionally I will walk thru the tunnel under Central railway then either go straight on to Darling Harbour or turn right on George St and walk to Circular Quay. I recall seeing the Duke of Clarence - is that in York St - down a kind of alley. Maybe it's time for another exploration but most of the time I stay in my part of Surry Hills. I see a number of "small bars" have sprung up there too.
  7. All the big clubs you mention are still running, expanding too, Revesby Workers, Bankstown Sports Club, Panthers, Castle Hill RSL, Dee Why RSL, South Juniors, etc etc. I was a member of Revesby RSL when my brother lived at Picnic Point. It was expanding when I was there building an extension. Bankstown Sports has such a large car park they send out little carts to pick people up. They are all still thriving, still putting on shows and gigs. I'm sure you can look up their websites and confirm this. They also stay open long after midnight and into the early hours. As to getting dinner after 830pm. Well many pub kitchens and restaurants close around this time and up till 930pm depending on their customers. That's par for the course I'm most places. Some also have a late menu.Chinatown and Thai town carry on till midnight and beyond. It's true many of the venues you mention have closed, for different reasons. I don't know why. There used to be many places to hear rock or jazz. Kings Cross and Darlinghurst were almost destroyed by the lock out laws rushed in after two young men were killed by "coward punch" attacks. The NSW govt has backtracked on those lock out laws now and places can open late again tho this in residential areas have to close at midnight. That is the case in my suburb Surry Hills depending upon which part of the suburb you are in. Some pubs close at midnight, some at 3am, 4am and 6am. The Casino of course operates 7x24. The lock out laws were selective too, applying to parts of the city and the Cross but not south in part of Surry Hills, nor in Newtown or Double Bay.
  8. The lockout laws destroyed Kings Cross but there are other places to go. Most country towns are dead before midnight but there are plenty of places to party on in Sydney. Four pubs in Surry Hills are open till 3am or 4am and it's hardly unique.
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    Thinking of moving back to Uk

    Australia contributes such a tiny proportion of the world's emissions that even if we cut our emissions to zero it would make no difference to life in Australia or the world. That does not mean we should do nothing and in fact we are already meeting out emission targets (but the Left and XR deny this). We should have the cheapest and most reliable power in the world not the most expensive and unreliable. Let the major contributors to global emissions, the ones who really do affect our quality of life, China, India, the USA, dismantle their coal fired power stations and coal mines first. Then we will follow their example because they don't care what we do though China and India want to buy our coal, uranium, iron ore etc.
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    I think Humble Pie did pretty well over the course of their career, album sales wise I mean? I wish he'd stayed with the Small Faces but then again they enjoyed further success as the Faces / Rod Stewart and the Faces. I never paid much attention to the "progressive" bands but I did buy the various music papers avidly and got to know the names of bands and their members that way. The music papers have all gone apart from NME? PS God knows where the impulse came from but I suddenly thought "Cherry Red" Groundhogs! I Googled it to make sure but I've no idea why I thought of it.
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    PS, my tastes are a mixture. I'm not ashamed to admit I enjoyed listening to some tracks from Let It Bleed lay night in the pub but I equally enjoy "bubblegum" - The Archies, Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Co.
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    No I shan't do that though I suppose there's a case for doing so if I was 100 percent committed to a move elsewhere. The Sydney housing market is in overdrive now.
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    Did I see The Groundhogs? Yes! Could have been my first gig. It's a toss up between Grand Funk Railroad (with Humble Pie and Head, Hands and Feet) at Hyde Park, or Groundhogs and Gentle Giant at Southampton Town Hall (or is it Guild Hall?) In 1971 circa June/July. I'm sure my mate Nick who worked for the Post Office in London said he served Tony McPhee. Out of those 5 bands the only one I know songs by is Grand Funk plus Humble Pie's one UK hit, Natural Born Bugie. Funny really. I'm not into blues but all the bands I like started off playing it or even jazz. I wonder if the Byron Bay Blues Festival will still go ahead this week?
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    I do like the beach but I don't like swimming at Surfers Paradise because it is usually too rough for me. It's wonderful to walk the promenade or along the seashore and it's also wonderful just having this endless beach on your doorstep but I did my swimming there in the pool. Sydney beaches are also rough but they do usually have ocean pools or, at Bronte, the Bogey Hole which is a pool bounded by a reef.
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    You made me think about the Hopetoun Hotel in Surry Hills which used to have live bands. I remember walking in one arvo seeing a band playing in the corner. The Hopetoun has been closed for a long time. I can't even think where you can go to listen to jazz, let alone a rock band. The Cross has been "cleaned up." I'm not sure where people go to "club". The city, Newtown, Darlinghurst Double Bay? My local pub is open till 3am Thu to Sat, midnight the other nights, and 3 pubs near Central are open to 4am. No live music though.
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    Chernobyl? Perhaps in terms of live music but not in night life generally. I walked around Surry Hills on Sat eve past innumerable pubs, bars and restaurants. Most are subject to midnight curfew because it is also residential but there are a number with late licenses till 3am, 4am, all night even.
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    Craft gin? I've not encountered that!? There's a rum bar in Surry Hills tho. Live music? Well, venues for bands are non existent now BUT in Surfers they do have guitarists in a few places, Sand Bar, Surfers Paradise SLSC, Diggers Club, House of Brews. You have to distinguish between tourists and locals too, not there's anything wrong with "weekend warriors" down from Brisbane, or, in the case of Surry Hills, suburbanites heading into the city. We are all tourists at some time after all. True bands are gone I'm afraid - 2 guitars, bass, drums? It's one guy maybe two with backing tapes.
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    The trouble is, when you move away from the beach you lose the advantages of being on the beach in the first place, and although I don't know Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, if it's anything like Surfers and the Gold Coast, you can move inland, get a house on the river if you can afford it, but you need a car, maybe two cars because it's too hot to walk anywhere and buses and trains may not be convenient. I'd walk out of the Surfers Paradise Surf Club and straight onto the beach. I could do a lttle circular walk 15 to 20.mins to take in the promenade. I love the Sydney beaches but they are 7km away. That was the only time I needed a car. In Surfers I don't need a car at all. I don't mind the tourists either. Without them all the other services would vanish. I've been told that Noosa is much nicer than Surfers Paradise although that is subjective.
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    I LIKE the touristy part! Of course Covid-19 has disrupted the businesses and there are no overseas tourists but at weekends it Is rammed. Mon to Thursday it is relatively quiet. The touristy part is where everything is within walking distance - beach, 3 supermarkets, numerous bars, restaurants, cafes, shops, with two big shopping malls which I rarely go to a few minutes away on the tram. As soon as you get away from the lively bits you are thd same distance from the beach but all the services disappear, and if you move into the hinterland to buy a house (rather than a unit) it is hot because no more sea breeze and hellos traffic and just like being in the burbs of any city. After 8 months I'd moved from "tourist" to "local", starting to make a few friends. The problem for me is that I'm back in Surry Hills (which on the weekends is every bit as wild except for the clubs as Surfers) and suddenly I don't know where I want to be. Come to think of it people often go on holiday to a place and think "Wow! I want to live here" but living is not the same as holidaying? But in my case I did move from holidaying to living! I like both places, the same way some of us like both Australia and the UK equally. I did at one time, going back and forth including a 12 year stint in the UK. Perhaps I'll now do the same here and ping pong between Sydney and Surfers.
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    Surfers Paradise versus Surry Hills (Sydney)?

    Good advice as usual Marisa. I blame all the uncertainty on Covid-19. I had no intention of going to Surfers but then I did. So, I'll see how things develop.
  21. I've been to Ellenbrook actually, far out in the north east? I got a haircut there and a beer in the pub. I seem to recall a big shopping centre and I'm sure there was a gated estate, possibly for recalcitrant seniors like myself who have resisted joining "Club 55 Plus". Is Cockburn the same sort of burn but South of Perth? I don't like the far burbs tho ones with a beach are more bearable but I hate having to commute long distances. I rarely go put to see my brother in Spring Farm near Camden because it is 65km from Surry Hills. There is no station if he did not pick me up, it would mean bus from Campbelltown or a long drive via the M5, and Hume Expressway. He does not come Mt way for the same reason. BUT, he has a lovely new 4 bedroom home with a good shopping centre, walking distance, Woolies, Macca, cafe, cinemas at Campbelltown, restaurants and bars in Camden which still retains an air of a country town. I'd hate to have to commute to Sydney from there, or Penrith, or the Central Coast but tens of thousands do, by car or bus/train. Flat in the city or big house in the burbs?
  22. Subjective and I've noticed that Paul who also lives far out in the burbs where I would never choose to live can also counter your point of view. And facts, eg "there ARE, just like the UK, 24 hour supermarkets in Perth" are NOT subjective.
  23. I know Perth fairly well after going there on two separate occasions for a total of 13 weeks in December, 2017 to end of January 2018 and again in May 2018 when I went back for a second visit with a view to moving over there. I spent most of the first visit in South Perth and the second visit "just up the road" in Applecross, then Northbridge, then down to Albany then a week back in South Perth. I was in South Perth long enough to become a local in the Windsor Hotel. I liked South Perth and Applecross with the 24 hour IGA (Who said he missed the UK because it had 24 hour Tescos unlike Perth?) and Raffles pub (which I think Bon Scott used to frequent). I had a hire car and I explored much of Perth, not all of course, but I had reasons to go to various parts eg Subiaco to watch Spurs with Perth OzSpurs and to the Casino also to watch Spurs. My impression of Perth? When I landed at Fremantle on 3 Nov 1978 I loved it from day one but I could not get a job and ended up in Sydney. Impression of Perth 40 years? A smaller version of Sydney minus much of the crowds and horrendous traffic. Perth basically has a "normal" rush hour whilst Sydney has varying degrees of rush 7 days a week and the only time driving is pleasant is well after midnight. I noted that unlike Sydney most of the pubs closed by midnight but there were various places with a bit of "life" eg Northbridge, the City, Subiaco, Fremantle, Scarborough, Victoria Park and I of course liked South Perth. Also like Sydney, Perth has easy access to the beach and easier to get out of the city. Bottom line I know it well enough to think of moving there but I have no family there. Of course, impressions are subjective and I like Perth and I know it well enough to counter its alleged drawbacks.
  24. I don't know Brisbane but I can't believe a city of 3 million people closes down in the evenings. I do however know Surfers Paradise very well and you can go out till 3 am there and 24x7 at the casino. Surfers is practically an outer suburb of Brisbane too and packed on Thur to Sat night with clubbers whom I assume come mostly from Brisbane or other parts of QLD.
  25. So you are being disingenuous? You imply that Perth shuts down at 9pm but you really mean your own suburb. What's wrong with travelling out of your own suburb? There are plenty of places in England which basically close down in the evenings bar the pubs and if you want real night life is have to head into the nearest city just you have to do in Oz. If you want the cinema or theatre or nightclubs open after midnight In my village in England you have to drive 9 miles into Southampton and other villages south of my village are more like 16 miles, oh and a poor once an hour bus service which stops by 11pm. And weren't you enthusing about the 24 hour Tesco in England and now that you have been reminded that Perth has 24 hour IGA you start dissing the supermarkets?
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