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    Electrical Fitter License Granted...

    I bet you're glad that's over! I have done the SA licence route after getting the fitter artc. I Hope to try and get work in qld with this or convert it to a qld fitters licence. Arriving on the 12th of September and will be looking for work in the brisban area ASAP, just wondered what kind of work you managed to secure and if there is much work about at the moment? Congratulations on the licence
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    Tea chests and the cost?

    Hi, We have pretty much decided that most of our furniture is not good enough to bother with a container, we have basically had our life on hold for the past 3-4 years waiting for the visa so have only bought furniture from places like Ikea. We do have the kids toy's and games consoles to take and I have a some tools that I'll definitely be bringing. So in short we need smaller transportation options so we can start weigh it up and be brutal with our planned shipping if necessary. Has anybody else come to the same conclusion and if so how did you go about it? Cheers
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    Tea chests and the cost?

    thanks, they seem very reasonable
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    And most Aussie guy's probably prefer designer vagina's with a cute little landing strip, a total nonsence and non argument for having this procedure performed on a an infant or child
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    So where do you stand on the female equivalent? just a bit of skin? thought not, if you want to reduce you son's sexual pleasure later in life, make it harder for him to explore himself and masturbate then go ahead but you will also be reducing the containment of all the natural and beneficial oils that are secreted to self clean the glans. If there is a medical reason then it is a no brainer but if not it's no go. What can possibly be the benefit to a parent? easier to keep your baby clean? I would not cut a piece of my child away to make my life easier... sorry but i think it is plain selfish
  6. Hi, I have a second home i decided to let last September, it was interst only with Natwest, all i needed to do was pay a one off fee (£175 i think) andi can let it for as long as i like. At the time buy to let mortgages were a tad higher on the interest and repayments but all the reasonable ones required an arrangement fee of around £3k for a 2 year introductory rate:shocked::Randy-git:.... not worth considering! All is not necessarily lost, but I'd recommend being straight for peace of mind. It may be a bit hard to swallow but some cold hard sums stacking up 6 months mortgage costs for an empty property vs a price drop to encourage a quick sale could be the order of the day, hard to swallow but don't mug yourself
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    are you allowed to bring medicines when you migrate

    Cheers guys, All should be fine only some pain killers and anti inflamatories, just might need them after a 24 hour flight.
  8. Hi, Not sure i've ever seen this asked before? I've got a few prescription medicines that i take as and when required, nothing serious but it got me thinking about the medicine cabinet, there is nothing sinister in there but just wondered if they would be allowed past customs? Don't fancy having to replenish the lot after arrival if i can help it! Cheers
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    will my job get me into australia?

    It will do after 7 years post training experience giving you a skill of general electrician, unless its an apprenticeship in which case the experience requirement is reduced. On the face of it there have got to be easier training routes when you consider the experience requirement! You can qualify as an engineering technologist with a HNC not sure what the work experience requirement is though
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    Moving to Oz - electrician queries & visas

    Hi, You need to get his skill recognised, I am a bit out of the loop now but think that Vetassess are the crowd he needs to contact, if so its a paper based application that if you are successful leads to a practical test. Pass this then you can actually apply to go. The above can take as long as a year depending on when you apply and when the assessment are taking place. I recommend speaking with an agent to check the eligibility of his skills and experience for the trade assessment part of the process, lots offer no obligation initial consultations to establish the likelihood of success. This is generally the trickiest hurdle to jump in a long and frustrating process but must be crossed first! Good luck
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    The Media, Tread Carefully

    My first experience of media lies came during training as a steward for Millwall football club. Still don't know what I was thinking putting myself in the firing line for £17 a game, it was slave labour and suffice to say I didn't last long. There was an incident where a 'fan' ran on the pitch and started verbally abusing a Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper ( Kevin Pressman if I remember correctly), this lasted for 5 to 10 seconds before he was led away. The next day the Sun ran a back page story along the lines of 'In Fear of my Life' with a 2 page story inside detailing how the goalkeeper was terrified as the hooligan had threatened him, his family and goodness knows what else. The Millwall security team contacted the goalkeeper to get the full story direct so they could use it all in the prosecution against the hooligan only to find that neither goalkeeper or any representative of his had spoken to any media regarding the incidient. In short the Sun had taken the picture and made the entire story up, i remember thinking that it surely must be in some way illegal to do that.... how naive i was!
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    New TV Show - Poms In Paradise ITV

    Ok so the womans voice got a bit grating after a while and the moobs at the barbie and the wobbly belly could have been discretely covered but i don't think anybody was harmed during the filming of this one so can't understand the bitchiness and spiteful comments. I enjoyed the show and I am also mature enough to understand that the editors can hand pick footage to make you look however they like so wouldn't judge anybody based on a tv portrayal of their life and opinions. If anything it was as positive as WDU is negative ie a bit exaggerated probably. I can't think why anybody watching wouldn't want to move to Australia given the evidence on show!:shocked:
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    visa granted today woohoo!!!

    Got the news from our agent today that our visa grant has come through! Diac server still down so can't see it with my own eyes just yet but it's there. Thanks for all the help and support given by everybody on here and also to my agent Ian Harrop and Assoc together with Roger Laws of Romara who assisted with my skills assessment submission to the TRA as an electrician special class and my visa submission and state sponsorhip application. I would recommend them unreservedly for their fantastic knowledge, professionalism and support. They didn't always bring me good news but they were always forthright accurate and let me know where i stood, everything I could have hoped for, a cracking company to do business with! Cheers Chris
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    Mad to leave without residency?

    From what i remember the west coast of ireland has a similar climate to wales due to the prevailing winds of the atlantic. I am amazed at these daylight times you guys are quoting 11pm to 3am nights!!:shocked:, i simply cannot comprehend this. The days of sunshine might be worth comparing too. I think the answer might be to get up early, seize the day and go to bed earlier. In short keep to hours that australians do and not the hours of brits abroad. I know it is easy to say but we intend to adjust our lifes to suit and i can't see any other way it could work. It's like those holiday makers than shun the spanish food on holiday for steak and chips and a full english. Give me a nice bit of calamari any day.:jiggy:
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    Mad to leave without residency?

    I'm in kent and work in London, it is lovely and sunny here today :-) I imagine i'm looking back at Australia with rose tints as i imagine you are with UK, that is only natural i suppose but memories tend to blur very fast, i think the OP would be better of popping the baby out before coming home as getting a visa can be a right ball ache! I think its always best to keep yuor options open
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    Mad to leave without residency?

    Come on Chris, useful daylight, like summer evening time, seeing daylight before and after work and not just living for the weekends, it is quickly forgotten how gloomy it is for most of the year here i'm just being realistic not slagging the place, October to April you are either leaving for work or getting home in darkness Nov to March you get the double ender! Reserve judgement until after the May payday, boy is it gonna land heavy. Little or no pay increase for most for 3 years everything has gone up as it always will and now a lovely paycut courtesy of the govt. I'm sweet but i predict a bit of bad feeling about it all, can't wait for the family tax credit cuts that are on the horizon, we'll be £150 a month down that isn't a big deal for me but i count myself lucky, it's gonna sting the masses imo Don't want to hijack thread just a bit of balance, it ain't great here at the moment and it won't be for a good while yet, the negative press probably make it feel worse than it is and unless you are blind and deaf it's not easy to get away from the widespread pessimism. I realise Australia isn't heaven but the UK is further from heaven that its has been in my living memory, i read the relative average disposable income is comparable to the 1920's :shocked:
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    Osama Bin Laden dead

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    Mad to leave without residency?

    Hi, just chucking a couple of pennies in, My (now wife) fell pregnant while on a whv 10 years ago, despite a few aussies recommending we stay to have the baby we left citing all the support network BS. We get along fine with family but people tend to over egg the effect of having family close by in terms of how much easier it makes bringing up kids. You still have problems and unless you are very close geographically to family it isn't a free childcare service on tap. Anyway fast forward 10 years and after 2& half years of great expense we now have a visa to return with. Looking forward to enjoying daylight for more than 4 months a year. Now have 2 kids, 10 and 7 and while i earn what the vast majority of people would call a cracking wage i have serious concerns for the majority once the May pay packets arrive less the additional taxes compounded by the huge inflation and duty rises. It isn't all rosy in the UK and peoples perception of it is set to get considerably worse over the next few months and years, it is going to bite right about now. I want to be where the sun shines and there is a positive outlook on life, just wish we'd listened to the advice all those years ago that although it wouldn't have stopped us coming home would have given us ongoing options and opportunities, i think the OP needs to consider how much things change in 5 years let alone 10 and think hard on avenues and doors that will be closed depending on this decision. On another note think its a bit rich advising the OP to get the hell out of dodge and so she can effectively force her OH to stay in the UK if she wants to later, hypocrisy and double standards i think, what happened to trust and dialogue in a relationship, the overwhelming majority of men are not manipulative b*stards, makes me want to put a spiderman suit on and climb a building. Good luck whatever you decide but think carefully on your long term future options.
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    flights for October 2011

    Wow good price... but it always depends when they were booked and what time of year they are for, singapore were £3700 for when we wanted tickets and i read a load of poor reviews for the a380 seats (saying they were like rock) on balance i though f*ck it save £500 and hope for the best, if my eyeballs are hanging out on arrival i'll probably wonder if whether 500 was worth saving! I've read a lot of good korean air reviews and money is a bit tight just now but we'll see....... Got flight through flight centre and price by haggling/ lying about prices elsewhere :wink:
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    flights for October 2011

    Hi, We are planning a validation/ recce trip for 17/10 - 6/11/2011 to brisbane from heathrow. Not sure how to go about getting a good price and what airlines are best value for money. There are 4 of us so it is going to be eye watering no matter what! Just after thoughts and experiences so i can get prepared ready for the arrival of the new interest free plastic :-D P.S. Couldn't find the search function or i'd have tried that first as i'm sure similar questions have been asked before
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    flights for October 2011

    Somewhere in the northern suburbs most likely, i've got a friend there (edens hills i think)
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    flights for October 2011

    Somewhere in the northern suburbs most likely, i've got a friend there (edens hills i think)
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    flights for October 2011

    Korean Airlines flights booked, £3,171.00 for 4 of us, the cheapest i could find other than China airways @£2970ish, on blance the Korean reviews are better and the Seoul return hotel stop over is meant to be superb. Fingers crossed.:eek::eek::eek:
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    flights for October 2011

    Has anybody ever flown korean air? They look ok but was hoping for Singapore airlines, KA looking like £600 cheaper for the 4 of us with a return night stopover in Seoul all included? Any personal experiences? Don't want to be sat between a goat and achicken for 24 hours :shocked:
  25. I think this has been done to death on here, a quick search will reveal all. I tihnk the gist is that it is a moral obligation not a legal one but knowing the Oz system I wouldn't be surprised if they do start clamping down on this loop hole that people use to fast track their applications often knowing full well they have no intention of moving to the state that sponsors them.