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  1. docboat

    Perth/Fremantle & schools

    Jandakot? Try going inland a little. Southern River - has an excellent school (Bletchley Park primary) which is independent, great teachers, good atmosphere. The surrounding area is relatively new, a lot of migrants, who place focus on children and education, so the standard is high, supportive and of good quality. We lived in Harrisdale for a while, and there is a newer primary in the area, but also a high school, and I believe the standards are good there too. Fremantle is excellent, but perhaps the housing a bit pricey. East Fremantle primary is very good. The rail line from Fremantle opens up a few schools along the line.
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    189 Doctor application

    If you are a GP, and willing to work in regional WA, I would be willing to consider sponsoring you.
  3. I have spent the last few years avoiding Pomsinoz and feeling much the better for it. But I dropped back in this afternoon and found your post, @Rainman, worrying. You will, of course, make up your own mind, and it seems you have. When a mind has been made up, you generally find that arguments to the contrary are seen as a challenge, to be fought back as somehow being incorrect, misguided or just not appropriate for your circumstances. We all do it. I was 16 when my parents took me "back home". It was nearly 4 decades before I returned home. In between I had a fantastic life, almost none of it spent in the UK, a place I avoid like the plague. They had very good reasons, and I appreciate the fact that their reasons were very valid. I learned to live with their decision, and finished school, and university, to leave at the very first serious opportunity. (Germany for a decade, as the first stop) Now, my reasons for being unhappy in the UK are entirely irrelevant. It is a beautiful country, there is/was family there, and you do get used to the weather, even if the lifestyle has to be changed completely. I was a surf lifesaver, and that does not work well in the North Sea. I loved my tennis, and while you can certainly play (Andy Murray - yay!) the opportunities in Australia are certainly way better. Golf may be at home in Scotland, but the courses in Perth are far better. My friends gradually lost contact with me - I made new friends, but you know, I never was able to have long term friends, good friends, meaningful friends, because I was never certain if I was going to be around for much longer. You tend to learn to make - and lose - friends very easily. It is a good social skill, but do you want your children to develop that skill? Mind you, at 19 that is another matter altogether, and she will be out of your home in a flash and off to live her own life before you can blink. What concerned me about your initial post, and it may be completely wrong, and your family may well be 100% behind your decision, but it seemed that the whole move was about you. For which you are now prepared to pay the price of long commutes, staying away during the week in undesirable digs, forcing penury upon yourself ... because you feel it is the right move ... for you. It is really none of my business, or anyone else for that matter. But it disturbs me.
  4. docboat


    Hey, brother! I went there too, after I left Scotch. Long time ago though. It was a good school, I remember.
  5. docboat

    Terror Attacks in Paris. Many Dead.

    Absolutely not true. Sharia law is to replace any other law. The only reason it does not (yet)take precedence is because the people who demand it are not yet in a position of power. There are examples aplenty of where Sharia supporters have usurped traditional laws once they have over-run a place.
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    It is a prime area to live. Nothing to complain about - expensive of course, but beautiful place to live and convenient to major locations.
  7. docboat

    Terror Attacks in Paris. Many Dead.

    That would be one way, and it is probably correct. Another way would be to starve them of legitimacy by having the muftis and imams arising to give leadership in peace. That would be preferable, but there are too many of those leaders actually supporting the violence. Someone else asked a few lines ago why the silent majority was still silent - and I think it is because, while they may deplore the methods, they actually approve of the aims.
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    Terror Attacks in Paris. Many Dead.

    There are many branches of Islam. One group of Islam - and it covers a few of the larger sects - is of the opinion that a Caliphate must be re-established, and a Caliphate that extends not only over the previous large area, but should extend to cover the whole world. There is an element which believes that, once this is achieved, the end of days will occur and those who have worked to achieve "God's Will" by doing that, will enjoy great benefit in heaven. They see their aim as one of holy duty, and those who die on that path are either martyrs or infidels, and there is no mercy to be shown to infidels. It is fair to say that the vast majority of Moslems do not share that POV, or if they do, not to that extent. The issue for us is this: why do those Moslems not rise up to reclaim Islam, and denounce in open forum that minority of Moslems who claim to act in their name? If they do not so rise up, it appears that they tacitly support the aims of Al Qaeda and Daesh. And by appearing to support that abominable group of retards, they permit radical right to become even more angry. The silent majority of Moslems really need to get vocal, and now would be a good time for then to start.
  9. docboat

    So you wanna move to OZ?

    Don't worry about using "Abo" - it is what is usually said when there are no PC-idiots around, and kind of counters the "White c***" that is usually used by the abos. On the other hand, there are some - many - absolutely wonderful indigenous people around, who are a real pleasure to be with, and they are never called abo, but referred to by name and called sir if you are of a generation where good manners count.
  10. It seems that you @Daffodil will be best suited to heading "home" to Wales for longer periods with your friends and family, leaving your husband where he thrives, and your children in their own home environment, which is Australia. That period in Wales may be 2 weeks, 2 months or 9 months, and you can return to your family's home for the period that best suits you. Such may be a solution. Take the recipe once yearly and repeat. Seriously - your happiness is important too, but your happiness should not result in anyone else's unhappiness, least of all the children, who are growing up in Australia much as you grew up in Wales.
  11. Quite agree. But there are replies which include such as this: Which begs the question that it would be OK for the husband to accept he should be living his life in misery? Transforming the question may permit a more open review, and open up the hidden biases in responders minds. It is very awkward in a relationship when one partner changes the goalposts and expects the other to "compromise" (cave in under pressure) to a situation not agreed to (or even expected?) before marriage. Under such circumstances, counselling is a priority. Why did the goalposts change? What needs does the goalpost changer now have that were not present before? How can the goalpost changee understand and adjust?
  12. How would it sound if the couple were in Wales and the Aussie husband desperately wanted to return to Australia?
  13. docboat

    Moving to Perth from Melbourne

    We have lived in Bibra Lake and now Harrisdale. Bibra Lake is closer, has an excellent primary school. A little further (Coolbellup) is a growing suburb, gentrifying, but the primary school is not the best. Harrisdale or Southern River is not too far from Henderson, and Bletchley Park primary school is excellent. Perhaps a little far for the commute though. Fremantle itself is a great place to live, a number of good schools, private and public in the area, but high school is a little early for your concerns. Coogee is about as far south as I would want to come in living. Access to Perth up the Kwinana freeway is easy IF it is not rush hour traffic. You might be as well to go up to Fremantle and along Stirling Highway Honestly, there are many choices available. I would recommend starting with looking at Bibra Lake and using that as a centre (close to Fremantle, Perth and not too bad to travel to Henderson) expand your area of search.
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    If you do come here to get the check done, you might have to pay - but as you know, there are reciprocal care agreements in place between Medicare and NHS. But, if you do have to pay, the consult with a GP should be around $70, the low dose CT (do not go for a simple CXR - tells not a great deal) of the chest will cost $100+ and there are certainly imaging clinics which bulk bill. You might find, however, with good November weather in Sydney, that fresh air and warmth clears your chest right up. So no worries, enjoy the flight and relax.
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    You will need a low dose CT chest which is not expensive, takes about the same time as a CXR, and gives a lot more information with little radiation. That and spirometry results, and most often you have a diagnosis. Not discussing with you options or explaining what is really going on is a hallmark of either a bad or ignorant GP. In either case, change.