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    retiring back to the UK!

    In London I pay £250 ($500) a week for a bedsit.
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    Easy Women

    just sharing the wisdom I suppose....lol
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    New Laws Make Moving To Australia Tougher

    New laws in Australia have made things tougher for skilled Brits wanting to work Down Under. The Australian government has clamped down on the popular 457 visa which allows foreign workers to move to the country for up to four years. http://uk.news.yahoo.com/laws-moving-australia-tougher-235100775.html?vp=1#MtQXmTb
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    Tories are worse today than when thatcher was in.

    Better than Labour government any day.
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    shipping a car back to uk

    I did this seven years ago. Agree with 4 corners. No tax. Make sure your odometer reads in miles as well and mine was only in kilometers so had to get an external meter fixed on the dashboard. You will need this for first MOT like uk compliance test. The front two windows shouldn't tinted but check that law may have changed now.
  6. It’s disgraceful that teachers from Down Under don’t get the same rights as the French, says Boris Johnson http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10265619/The-Aussies-are-just-like-us-so-lets-stop-kicking-them-out.html I was giving a speech the other day in Melbourne Town Hall, and at the end someone came up and thrust a long letter into my hand. It was one of those letters that all politicians get – with a problem so seemingly complicated and intractable that the only answer is to smile wanly and invite the supplicant to go down the corridor and knock on the next door of our vast and unfeeling bureaucracy. Then I read it again, and I realised that her problem was actually rather simple. It was disgraceful. The more I thought about it, the more infuriated I was. She is called Sally Roycroft, and she is a teacher. For the last few years she has dedicated herself to improving the lives of kids in Harringay and Tower Hamlets in London, and she is proud of the results. She has raised their literacy and numeracy attainments by two notches in six months; attendance levels are good. The children show every sign of wanting to learn from her – and she loves teaching them. Her problem is that in spite of all her efforts she has been effectively kicked out of Britain. What is her crime? That she isn’t French. Nor is she German, or Polish, or Croat, or Italian, or Greek, or Portuguese. She isn’t a citizen of any of the 27 countries of the European Union. She is Australian; and she has been told to bog off by the authorities in our country because it was, they said, too much of a palaver to go through the business of “sponsoring” her to stay. That is the infamous consequence, as we all know, of a historic and strategic decision that this country took in 1973. We betrayed our relationships with Commonwealth countries such as Australia and New Zealand, and entered into preferential trading arrangements with what was then the European Economic Community. This country is now quite properly approaching a renegotiation of that decision, and it is time to review the logic of what we did. When Britain joined the Common Market, it was at a time when the establishment was defeatist, declinist and obsessed with the idea that we were being left out of the most powerful economic club in the world. In those days – when olive oil and garlic had barely appeared on the dining tables of Britain – it was assumed that in order to be “internationalist” it was enough to be European. Well, it is perfectly obvious, in 2013, that that is no longer enough – and that we need to seek a wider destiny for our country. Thanks in part to the misbegotten euro project, the EU has turned into a microclimate of economic gloom, with colossal unemployment and misery in those many parts of Europe that are being brutally deprived of the safety valve of devaluation. Since 1988, when Jacques Delors and others launched their frantic drive for monetary union, Europe has shrunk in importance and in its contribution to world output – from about 29 per cent to about 19 per cent today; and that is in spite of the considerable expansion of the EU. There has been growth, to be sure. In fact, the world economy has grown by something like $10 trillion since the global financial crisis began in 2008. But that growth has taken place everywhere else – in Africa, in Asia and, above all, in the very Commonwealth countries that British negotiators so snootily disregarded in 1973. We need to raise our eyes beyond Europe, forging and intensifying links with countries that are going to be growing in the decades ahead – countries that offer immense opportunities for British goods, people, services and capital. And you could not do better than by starting with Australia. This is not just a phenomenally beautiful and relatively underpopulated country with stupendous natural resources. By fluke of history it happens to be intimately cognate with Britain. I don’t just mean that we once supplied them with the dregs of the Victorian penal system, or that we have cricket and rugby in common. I mean that we British are more deeply connected with the Australians – culturally and emotionally – than with any other country on earth. As I walk around Sydney today, I see advertisements for the recipes of Jamie Oliver. I meet people who watch Top Gear, who have fundamentally the same view of the world, basically the same set of assumptions, the same sense of humour, and – though Australians have in many ways adorned and improved modern English – we have the same language. Apart from anything else, they voted in 1999 not just to remain part of the Commonwealth but to retain Her Majesty the Queen as their head of state. That is mainly, of course, because all the alternatives looked too ghastly – but it is a consideration, none the less; and it makes it all the more disgusting that we are treating Sally Roycroft in this way. It is time to undo the damage of 1973, and give her exactly the same freedom of establishment that we give – say – a French teacher trying to find a job in London. It is time for Britain and Australia to set up a bilateral Free Labour Mobility Zone. It would be good for the UK, where skilled people like Sally would no longer face an absurd discrimination. It would be good for Australia, where the unspoken reality is that Australians are actually quite keen to encourage more immigration from Britain, and it would be a small but practical way of intensifying British links with the growing economy of Oceania. It would be an assertion that we are no longer thinking of ourselves as little Europeans, run by Brussels, but as a country with a truly global perspective. I suppose there might be some objection from the EU – but they should be told firmly to stuff it. There is already variable geometry in EU border control arrangements. It is outrageous and indefensible that Sally Roycroft is deprived of a freedom that we legally confer on every French person. She ends her letter with these plangent words. “I am a bloody good teacher, I worked hard to ensure that your children were given the best opportunities and I just want to come back.” It is time she was given a fair suck of the sauce bottle, as the Australians say.
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    how will Rudd change things ?

    Nothing will change till the election day in September.
  8. The Britons leaving the UK to get their relatives in British citizens are bypassing immigration regulations to get their relatives into the UK, using a technicality that means that if they work in another European country for three months, they can be considered under EU rather than British law on their return. Is this cheating the system or just getting past unfair rules? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23029195
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    Anyone fed up with the Stephen Lawrence case?

    I want to hear more and more of what the police was up to that those days.
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    Unable to sell house because of negative equity

    Delayed completion is the best way to get the full price for a house in negative equity. It is slowly becoming mainstream in Australia and in the UK I hear. I PM you contact details of a guy who does this.
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    Who can certify documents?

    Google and find a local JP. They will do it for free of charge.
  12. Winners win with fluent English or passable English.
  13. This is the beauty of Britain. Anyone can make it.:ssign5:
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    Adelaide man fights to keep Russian pregnant gf!

    I Like MT of Melbourne comment: ''This is ridiculous we allow how many asylum seeker to stay. Yet one person who has found love is rejected'' They should have allowed her to stay.:sad: Should encourage more and more single unattached nice women from europe to come over as there is a massive shortage of them in Australia:biggrin: