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    Tax rebate...

    Do it yourself, its straight forward. You get to keep all of the repayment. Use form P85 - link here http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/cnr/p85.pdf Fill it in (takes about 5 minutes), send it to your local tax office, job done. Adz
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    Weird bubble

    Its a strange place - that weird bubble where everything is getting sorted into boxes for the container, too much to do and too little time to do it in. Flights on 7th October but we (and the container) leave our house on 27th Sept. One week to go.....now, what a weird bubble. Sunny Coast here we come.....:wacko:
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    Hints and tips

    Hey Today we become homeless and we are less 4 weeks from selling our business and 38 days from flying to the Sunny Coast. Would appreciate your hints and tips around the following: 1) What was the one thing which you wished you had done before leaving? 2) If you had one piece of advice for us, what would it be? 3) What was the most important thing you did before leaving? Thanks in advance. Adz
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    The UK Pound V Australian Dollar

    Great advice, I agree 100%.
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    The UK Pound V Australian Dollar

    The Australian economy dropped into recession behind the rest of the World. This was due to its cash reserves (sensibly stored during good times) and strong resource sector. As a consequence there will also be a delay in the recovery from recession, Australia being around 12 to 18 months behind the UK/USA. Australia didn't have anywhere near the same 'hit' from the global recession (which was actually technically a depression - worse than the one in the 1920's - which was called the great depression!). It is worth pointing out that neither country is still in recession - the UK hasn't been for a number of months now. What does this all mean to us? Whilst the UK economy plummeted, Australian lagged behind and subsequently didn't drop to the same degree as the UK. Which caused a strong GBP to be weakened dramatically in comparison to the AUD - ie from AU$ 2.5 down to AU$ 1.5 to the GBP. As the UK continues its hesitant uneven recovery, Australia is not yet that far on the cycle. Which means we should see a continuing strengthening of the pound against the AU$ over the coming year to 18 months. On a macro scale, rather than micro - so there will be blips and hiccups (micro) along the way. Google economic clock to have a look at where the economy is on the cycle - the UK is around 8:15 to 8:30, whilst Australia is still around 7:00 to 7:30 ish. The World is heading into a period of sustained growth (with the odd micro blip) for 7 to 10 years. I do not believe that a rate of AU$ 1.8 or AU$ 1.9 to GBP £1 is NOT unreasonable during the later half of this year - But this is only my opinion. Once both countries occupy the same space on the 'clock', we will probably observe similar exchange rates to what we saw prior to the worldwide depression. Adz I am no expert, nor am I qualified to give financial advice. Do not regard any of this as financial advice, do your own research and take proper financial advice before investing or making any decisions which will affect your future. There is always a big risk when we use macro economic data to justify micro economic decisions.
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    BMW 5 series to Brisbane - yes or no

    Blimey mate, do you not sleep I would have happily waited until Monday - just wondered. Thank you very much for dealing with it, very helpful and much appreciated. Im over in Brissie for a week, so I will get back to book things up when I return. Thanks again......2am....phew, impressed. Cheers Adz
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    BMW 5 series to Brisbane - yes or no

    Hey Iron Chef What time lines does a quote take to get back after submission? Cheers Adz
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    Pomsinoz homepage

    B - for me
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    BMW 5 series to Brisbane - yes or no

    Cheers Skippy1 Lets stay in touch, the kids are getting excited about the Sunshine coast (as are we). All the best with your prep - its starting to get a little hectic here - :chatterbox: Adz
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    BMW 5 series to Brisbane - yes or no

    Skippy1, Iron Chef, Wolvesaussie Thanks guys. We are usually able to make a decision, this one seems to be a little more complicated. Ill go off and fill in the form, see where we go from there. Cheers Adz
  11. Hi All We keep bouncing from yes to no. So here is the question: We own a 5 series BMW which is 3 years old (almost) and is a great family car. 1) Do we (a) take it and work through the car import system OR (b) sell it for a large loss and buy something Japanese second hand when we get to Brissy. 2) is it really that hard to export a vehicle to Oz? (ie cleaning, paperwork, reregistration etc) 3) Is it worth the hassle? 4) who can give us a realistic (comprehensive) cost for exporting the vehicle? (unbiased) I know there are threads on here which give lots of info, but we still seem to be going around in circles. Thanks in advance. Adz
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    Webber BBQs

    Are you sure it isn't Webbber....theres a queue of b's. Which of course is a b..b..q ...... :wink:
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    help !!!! How to watch sky sports in Australia ??

    Well done Ramsay, Glad I could be of service. Apparently the US Netflix subscription is available (US version has a bigger selection), that's what we aim to do when we arrive. Cheaper than Foxtel - By a country mile. Have fun with Match of the Day. I understand that it is also possible to view some Scandinavian Channels, which show live Premiership and Championship games. Its just something I heard, cant be more specific. Given that I support Blackburn Rovers, some would say football isn't my passion anyway .....
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    help !!!! How to watch sky sports in Australia ??

    Hey Two options as I understand it (I do not know the legality of either and in no way condone illegal use of copyrighted or region protected media, so beware): 1) pay for a VPN service which makes it look like you are in UK (or US etc). (eg CactusVPN) Slower and less secure than option (2).... 2) pay for a DNS redirection service - (eg Unblockus or SmartDNS). quicker and more efficient that option (1). I cannot vouch for the security of either option. Many people use these to watch iPlayer and other non Oz based services (eg Hulu, ITV On Demand, Sky, Netflix US, etc). I understand each option will require a payment of around $60 US per year (give or take). I hope that helps in some way. Adz
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    for those of you who have returned

    Hi All Greatest gift we are giving to our children is dual citizenship, they will have the choice to go whichever side of the planet they wish. The World is now a small place and its full of opportunity and experiences, for anyone brave enough to explore and try something different. Of course it would be hard, but we can choose to hold them back (creating resentment and fear) or we can choose to free them to grow and develop into beautifully rounded human beings. Ultimately, its their life, so we will choose to let them live it for themselves. .....oh yes, we would benefit from cheap holidays wherever they end up, so one to live in the Maldives and one in Vegas would work for me....... :wink: