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djburgessuk last won the day on January 17 2011

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  1. Fair enough; I was probably in each for 20 minutes max, so my opinion is (extremely) limited. Must have been an East/West runway day tho as there were 3 very low flying aircraft over Coogee beach during the 20 minutes I was there! (and not one plane over Balmain) I have to admit, viewing beach suburbs on a freezing rainy July midweek afternoon is probably far from ideal.....! Not sure what I can do about that tho.... I'll need to make my decisions one way or another in the next 4-8 weeks. Thanks for the comment tho; some good points.
  2. Hey guys; thanks so much for the replies - all very helpful. I actually got the chance to fly down to Sydney for 1.5 days this week, so had a bit of a drive round. I threw the net open to the eastern suburbs as well as the inner west. My findings: Eastern Suburbs: Bondi Junction - Much bigger than expected, massive parks Bondi Beach - Well, it's Bondi Beach isn't it. Beautiful beach, character homes (in places). Bronte, Tamarama - Really nice, but verrrrrry quiet. Coogee - Looks nice, lots of shops, lots of planes, a few bikies. Maroubra - Nice beach, strange feel to the place, didn't like it. Had a quick look at Randwick and drive through Woollahara (sp?) too. Whilst I love being near the beach, for me there wasn't something that didn't feel right about any of these places. A bit old and tired looking in some places. Think I would prefer to make a day of it when we feel like the beach. Can't put my finger on it, but not sure it is for us. Inner West: Annandale - Looks lovely, but very disappointed. Small and very quiet. Good proximity to city tho. Drummoyne - Great views and position, but felt a bit depressing. Rozelle/Balmain - put these together as they seemed to blend into one. It was raining (and freezing) when I visited, so that may be the reason I didn't exactly fall in love with the place. However, I did find there was a great atmosphere here, loads to do and GREAT proximity via the ferries. Really like it here. Parking seems to be an issue(!) Ran out of time after that! All in all a worthwhile visit that showed Balmain would be our no.1 preference. I think a 2nd visit with the wife would confirm it (we still need to cross the eastern suburbs off for sure). Thanks again; any other perspectives appreciated!
  3. I will be driving to work, I'll be leaving early in the morning and against the traffic, so hoping that will remove the traffic problem (as much as it can be in Sydney!). Balmain and Annandale are definitely our favourites at the moment as they are so close to the city, which I think will eventually be the deciding factor. State school will be a huge factor tho, so good to hear all of these places are of a high standard. I guess we need to actually get there now to get a feel for each place. Thanks for the reply
  4. Hi everyone. We have been in Australia for 8 years now, but we are will be moving from Brisbane to Sydney for work in the next couple of months. Really looking forward to it as we love Sydney (on the few occasions we have been). I'll be working in Burwood and we are looking at the inner west to live. In particular I'd love to know about Balmain, Drummoyne, Annandale, Leichardt, Rozelle and Lilyfield (on paper these look great, but we've never been and won't get a chance to visit for a few weeks yet). It will be me, my wife and our 7yo daughter, so public schools are important, but willing to sacrifice space for location; budget is $6-800 p/w and we only need 2 bed house/apartment. Really looking for an area that is safe, clean, has character (pubs, cafes, restaurants, markets etc) and is no more than 25 mins from Burwood. Thanks in advance everyone.... really can't face packing!!! lol
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    Where to settle in adelaide

    Try http://www.bettereducation.com.au I find that one really useful - not sure what they use to get the score but you'll find it fairly accurate in terms of the quality and feel of the school
  6. @NZStidz; I think Louey is arranging a get together in Varsity at the "Lake Cafe" on sunday. We will go if it goes ahead.
  7. No, that's not me....there are a few Pompey fans. I have Pompey 74 on the back of my GCU shirt. I know the guy you are talking about; he lives at Beerwah and travels down every week from Sunshine coast to watch! Serious dedication there!!! We won 5-1, so awesome match. Crowd of 14k and we raised $31k.
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    QUEENSLAND PEEPS - Chit Chat & Catch up!

    In the badly affected areas there is still a lot of shortages, and certain items like dairy, fruit and veg are still down in supply in most supermarkets/resaurants etc (I noticed that Macca's didn't have any thickshakes last week)
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    QUEENSLAND PEEPS - Chit Chat & Catch up!

    It's hard to imagine how the people affected are coping. Most of the emergency work is over but there is a lot of work to be done to get everything back the way it was...... Trade skilled workers needed now....
  10. Well, I'll be in RQ's pub(!) from 6-7pm before the GCU match with Pompey74 written on my back (for easy ID!) if anyone wants to say hi.... :biggrin:
  11. Steady on; just pointing out the difference between Aus and UK, it wasn't aimed specifically at you. All meant in good humour.....
  12. The point here is that your social life doesn't have to revolve around the pub.....but of course it can!! :biggrin:
  13. FREE ENTRY (Robina): Qld Flood Appeal [Gold Coast United vs Newcastle] In support of the Premier's Flood Appeal for Qld, Gold Coast United are opening the gates FREE ENTRY for tonights game [sat 22nd Jan 2011] against Newcastle Jets (Skilled Park at Robina). Kick Off is at 8.15pm. If you fancy a drink beforehand come along to RQ's in Robina (Free bus transfer to and from the game) - I will have "Pompey74" on the back of my shirt; come and say hi! Details on the website: Gold Coast United ** | Official Website of the Gold Coast United Football Club Tickets at: Ticketek Australia Please "purchase" online (or at any ticketek outlet; ie. the Titans store in Robina shopping centre) before the game; queues expected to be substantial at the ground. Seats are going fast. There will be people collecting toys for kids affected by the disaster and raffle tickets being sold outside the ground. 100% of proceeds will be going to the flood appeal; all prizes were donated. Hope to see you there >>> :biggrin:
  14. In support of the Premier's Flood Appeal for Qld, Gold Coast United are opening the gates FREE ENTRY for tonights game [sat 22nd Jan 2011] against Newcastle Jets (Skilled Park at Robina). Kick Off is at 8.15pm. If you fancy a drink beforehand come along to RQ's in Robina (Free bus transfer to and from the game) - I will have "Pompey74" on the back of my shirt; come and say hi! Details on the website: Gold Coast United ** | Official Website of the Gold Coast United Football Club Tickets at: Ticketek Australia Please "purchase" online (or at any ticketek outlet; ie. the Titans store in Robina shopping centre) before the game; queues expected to be substantial at the ground. Seats are going fast. There will be people collecting toys for kids affected by the disaster and raffle tickets being sold outside the ground. 100% of proceeds will be going to the flood appeal; all prizes were donated. Hope to see you there >>> :biggrin:
  15. I have to agree with this.... I used to be in the pub 3-4 times a week in the uk, but I doubt I go more than once a month now, normally just before the football (or Soccer as they insist on calling it here). Free entry at Skilled Park (Robina) this Saturday 8.15pm KO by the way. Fund raiser for the Flood appeal. Everyone meets at RQ's before the game, which has a free bus running to and from the game (3 minutes away). Back on subject though; the pub culture just isn't the same here because there is so much else to do. And that's why I love it here.
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