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  1. Paul1Perth

    Impressions of Adelaide

    Perth has resurrected a few over the last few years. The Treasury Hotel is really well done. My Sis and her fella stayed there when they were here on holiday a couple of years back. Great pool and gym on the top floor, wouldn't know it was there from street level. Mind you we never saw anyone using either when we went up a couple of times, I don't think the clientele are the type for gyms and pools. Couple more, same era have been resurrected too. Printworks, the old Brewery on the river. Subi has some nice old buildings and there are a few art deco cinemas around.
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    We made it!

    All worked out OK in the end mate. You have to be careful what you put on line. Maybe you were a bit too truthful, no-one would have been any the wiser if you'd not mentioned it. Enjoy the rest of quarantine. Sounds like you have a decent place.
  3. Paul1Perth

    We made it!

    No, I think reading the post his wife ended up with a correct negative test anyway. So it's more like you choosing to take a taxi at the last minute. I hope I'm right.
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    We made it!

    When you get out of quarantine a couple of great things to do that won't cost much at all are. 1. Have a walk with the family, probably starting at the opera house if you're in the CBD, through the botanic gardens following the harbour wall to Woolloomooloo. You can go up to Kings Cross from there if you like but Woolloomooloo is nice for a few restaurants and pubs. 2. Go to Bondi on public transport and do the coastal walk. Spend a bit of time on the beach if the weathers good. Check out the bar at the Icebergs pool, to the right of the beach as you look out to sea. It's members only but you can sign in and get a day pass as visitors. Cheap beer, good food and an amazing view along Bondi. Don't confuse it with the very expensive restaurant on the top floor though, make sure you go in the club door. If you're a swimmer the pools great. 3. Walk over the bridge on the normal footpath. Still great views and nice walks on the far side of the river. Again, a nice pool if you fancy a swim. 4. Ferry fro Darling Harbour to Manly. Very cheap and a beautiful trip. Manly is very nice too. None of these will cost a lot and would be a nice way to ease into Sydney. Forgot to mention the zoo, very good and ferries are cheap to see up and down the river and the harbour. It's a spectacular City.
  5. Paul1Perth

    We made it!

    I think, in the end, that didn't happen but I see your point.
  6. Paul1Perth

    Impressions of Adelaide

    I've always liked Adelaide when I've been there on work trips. It was second on our list when we emigrated, due to housing costs, I felt when I visited we could have settled there too.
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    Pension remittance from UK

    They can probably see how much is coming into your bank account. Mind you, it wouldn't be hard to have a computer program to adjust the monthly payment based on your average UK pension and current exchange rate. I'm sure they automate as much as they can.
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    We made it!

    Great to read a success and interesting story. You had a trying year or 2 by the sound of it mate, well done to you and the family. We emigrated in 92 with a 2 year old and no jobs to come to. Rented for a year while we had a good look round at suburbs near the coast that we could afford. We moved from near Stockport and if we had failed in our application our next option was to move to the South Coast and Bournemouth was high on our list. I met the wife there on holiday, staying in the same hotel. One of the best beaches in the country and when the weathers good, as nice as anywhere abroad. All the best. Make the most of quarantine and relax, it's stressful once you start sorting everything out. Be careful of the suburb you pick to rent as that can affect how you feel about Aus. Don't rush into things, have a good look round. I would pay a fair bit more for somewhere that suits rather than scrimp and not be that happy. Same goes for when you get round to buying a place too. It will be brilliant once you're out to live "covid free" after the situation in the UK. It's like a different world. We've been even luckier in Perth with one week lockdown the whole time.
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    Have you bought any bitcoin ?

    Thought Elon Musk was supposed to be smart. If he was he'd stay off twitter.
  10. Paul1Perth

    Teacher info

    That can go for most jobs too, not just teaching. I've seen a lot of posts where people move for better career opportunities or more money, then base where they live on how easy it is to get to work. We chose where we wanted to live based on the lifestyle it would give us, then started to think about jobs. There are places in Aus that wouldn't suit me, Canberra has nothing that we came for, may as well go and live in Milton Keynes. Had to be near the coast in a nice climate. Still plenty to choose from. Good luck.
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    Pension remittance from UK

    Unless you let them know though they aren't going to have a clue what's in your UK account. When it's transfered though they see what's come in to your account. Maybe they could take an average over a few months, decide how much pension they are going to give you, then settle up at the end of the tax year, you owe them or vice versa. Sounds way too much common sense and easy though. I'm sure they'll make it more complicated than that
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    Have you bought any bitcoin ?

    Of course it's market manipulation. He's on a winner with bitcoin as are drug dealers making heaps of cash, underworld figures with cash they can afford to lose. Cryptocurrency could have been invented for them.
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    Pension remittance from UK

    Have you applied for the Aussie pension yet. I went to the centrelink office and they just take you to a computer terminal and show you the webpage, so you may as well have a go from home, find the questions you are going to have, once you've gone through their list of questions and requirements, and then try and get answers. I don't think they could adapt to income changing monthly but centrelink should be able to tell you the best options.
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    Teacher info

    My experience of the schools my kids went to here are positive. I have only the schools where we moved from, near Stockport and my schooldays in Derbyshire. One of the reasons we moved was our youngest was 2 when we came and my wife had already checked what school he would end up in. English wouldn't have been his first language. I think kids stay kids a lot longer here, schools seem more organised, seem to have more money, nicer buildings, more extra curricular stuff going on, usually sports based. Surfing before school, diving courses, trips to the Abrolhos, camping down South, rock climbing, swim classes and competitions, AFL teams, soccer teams. Guess that side of school doesn't suit everyone but I think my kids loved the environment and we certainly never had problems getting them to go. The youngest has autism so he went to a school where they had a stream for kids with learning difficulty. He liked the stricter rules and was proud of his uniform. Eldest just went to the local public school and it was fine. I know a few teachers, not a job I think I could do but if I was a teacher I would rather be one here than the UK. Kids seem a lot more placid and laid back, not so much about how hard or cool they are.
  15. We saw Adele at the old Subiaco stadium about 3 years ago. Good concert. I'm usually into heavier stuff but she has a fantastic voice and stage presence.
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