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    Holiday ideas?

    http://www.dragoman.com/?gclid=CNj-j6CHxNICFcuZGwod2_cIjA Take a look at this outfit - I crossed paths with one of their tour groups whilst 4WDing in Namibia last year - not that expensive and looks like it could be fun
  2. With the distances involved, 14/14 would be a really tough gig - 21/21 might just be 'doable'. You don't need me to tell you that its at least 24 hours flying each way, so 21on/21off would really be 21on/19off - and that's not including any recovery/jet lag time: you'll need that even if you're travelling business class. It can be a stressy lifestyle if you've never done it before, with a likelihood of missing key family dates/holidays- but..needs must. Good luck to you if you can make it work. On a possibly positive note, if you can make it work, and you can somehow separate yourself (tax wise) from your family in Australia and tie yourself to the UK for tax purposes, then you won't pay any tax if you can arrange to be in the UK for less than 90 days each year. That's the simple version - it can be more complicated, but its worth looking into. I'm not sure what the Australian tax authorities might make of that though, especially if you turn up every 3 weeks to visit your family
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    Can we go back as far as the children having to use 25 cm (10") blackboards and crayons? There was a war on and paper was scarce. Things got a lot better after you finished sorting out those annoying Boers though......for a little while at least
  4. As mentioned, just change the plug and it will work fine. But do remember, if you're bringing it in from the UK (or anywhere else in the Northern Hemisphere), then it will rotate in the opposite direction once you get it to Oz.
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    Do i have a leg to stand on?

    Do i have a leg to stand on? - but you're a doctor, if you can't tell.... On a more serious note, I would suggest that you carefully check your contract/terms of employment letter: my contract stated that if I left within 2 years of starting my job, I would have to payback a percentage of ALL the costs incurred by the company in getting me to Oz. Your employer only has to pay for flights back to your point of origin, but they decide the routing/cost to suit themselves; they do not have to take your wants/needs into consideration, so you need to understand that as well before you end up even more 'out pf pocket' I want to secure a good reference and worry that pursuing this could jeopardise that. Personally, I wouldn't worry about that - you're not the first, and you won't be the last. Your last UK employer should vouch for you - all you have to do for your next job it explain the circumstances surrounding your decision to leave Oz.
  6. As such, I have prepared a written request and will arrange my own flights (the most commercially viable of course) and submit this with my letter of resignation. I need to depart on a certain day immediately after I cease employment and I cannot guarantee that my employer would arrange flights to suit. I will assume that they will honour this, as it is stipulated by Immigration's legislation. Let's see how I go. I would suggest that you need to be very careful in making assumptions as to what will and won't be honoured. The only obligation that your employer has is to provide tickets - there is no requirement for them to take account of any your needs, as long as they meet their obligations. It would be nice if they simply told you to get on with it and book your own, but again, this is not something they are obligated to do. Your definition of commercially viable might not be the same as your employers and they can just as easily meet their obligations by turning round and giving you tickets that don't meet your needs. You need to understand who the term 'commercially viable' applies to - you or your company? You wording "I need to depart on a certain day immediately after I cease employment and I cannot guarantee that my employer would arrange flights to suit" sounds like a demand, and you are in no position to make such a demand - you can make a request, but again, your company are not obligated to meet that request. Hopefully you and your employer will part on reasonable terms and they will agree to your request, but have you considered what will happen if, as you say you will do, you book and pay for air tickets (in what is in your opinion, the most commercially viable manner) and your company then decides to provide tickets from its own source? - you will be well out of pocket. Good luck
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    Moving back to England ruined my life

    "get a grip" typical response from someone who does not understand those people with mental issues, borders on being ignorant. How do you know that the OP has mental issues? Is it not possible that he's just a complete prat who refuses to accept that he just might have made some spectacularly bad (and incredibly selfish) decisions that have cost him dearly?
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    Moving back to England ruined my life

    Still banging on about that???? You're giving whinging poms a bad name. Get a grip and do something about it instead of boring the pants off of a forum.
  9. Direct descendents or not, Normans are Normans and Vikings are Vikings Normans ARE Vikings (or were at the time around the 950s-1060s). As with many Vikings, they just stopped off in that bit of France for a bit of rape, looting and pillage, liked it so much that they decided to stay. The Vikings ruled much of Northern Europe (Scandinavia, Denmark) and parts of Britain (King Canute - he of the waves, was Viking) - that is until Alfred the Great turfed them out. Without wishing to get too stereotypical, you'll probably not be surprised to know that there was no French equivalent of Alfred the Great, so they stayed on - much to the annoyance of the rest of the people already living there. I guess there's a bit of a parallel here between Brits and Australia... Genetically speaking (and ignoring the relatively small matters of the results of rape and intermarriage between Vikings and locals) there would be no difference between Vikings and Normans - all part of the same 'family'. Although with time, they assimilated some of the local languages and customs...nevertheless, they were still Vikings, and supported their home born cousins when they ventured abroad on raids (providing food, shelter and protection) In much the same way, the population of the Falkland Islands and (even more so) Pitcairn Islands are British. If your grandfather was British, you were born in Britain and then moved to Australia, it doesn't matter how many pieces of paper you gather on your way, you are still British..................
  10. The Normans made it to the Amazon jungle, Papua, and the Arctic circle then? I'm so happy that you've increased my lack of knowledge Actually......when you consider that the Normans were direct descendants (William the Conqueror was likely 2nd or 3rd generation) of Vikings (the origin of Norman is a corruption of either Norsemen or Men of the North), some of whom lived above the Arctic Circle and that they 'got about' quite a lot including Iceland, Greenland and North America (before Columbus) then its not such a surprising statement - maybe not Papua though!!! There are Viking runes graffitied into the Hagi Sofia in Istanbul, where they formed a guard for the Sultan: who's to say that Viking genes didn't make their way into Spanish Conquistadors and then into the Amazon....?
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    Reflections on migration and becoming a Ping Pong Pom

    Could've been me writing all that..with the exception of going to Melbourne...I was there from June 2010 to August 2012. In June 2012 I was in two minds as to whether to stay or leave, it would have been easy to stay - great money, but the entire Aussie work culture was grinding me down. I could have changed jobs..plenty of opportunities in Oz at that time (many fewer now) and stayed, but I was a little concerned that it might have been 'out of the fire..' so to speak. My decision was made when I got a phone call out of the blue, asking if I'd be interested in a job back in the UK..so back I went and its been great. Fabulous job (28 days on/28 days off - so lots of time to travel) much more job satisfaction (can actually get things done) with more money and just a better way of doing things. I've now been back in the UK for longer than I was in OZ and have no regrets at all - I'm not bothered if I never go there again - in fact, if I have enough money for a holiday in Oz, I'd use it to go somewhere else. I don't hate or dislike Oz, its just that I don't find it that interesting. I had a great time there but its just not for me. I guess its OK if the height of your life's ambition is a better house than the one you had in the UK (but that's open to debate, considering to poor build quality of Oz houses), better access to sea fishing and beaches with sandflies, over priced and rubbish beers but, for variety of experience, travel and culture, Oz is far behind the UK. As I said, I had a great time, and left the UK for what I thought were all the right reasons, but now I'm back I really really appreciate all the points that I took for granted and am making the most of them.
  12. Thanks for your help John - got the first transfer organised without a fee and the total cost is now lower than anyone else I investigated - doesn't sound like a lot, but when interest rates on savings accounts are so low, a transfer fee of 1.5% seems quite a lot. Next step is to see what (if any) fees are charged by my son's bank when they receive the transfers. Once again, thanks for your help
  13. My son is just about to start an exchange/study year in Australia and I'll be funding him, sending across enough money each month to cover his cost of living and accommodation. As a trial, I sent AUD1000 to his bank account with UKForex to see how much they actually cost and how long it takes. I then set up an account with HiFax and Moneycorp and went through the motions to compare costs. The total cost (fee+exchange in GBP for HiFax was exactly the same as UKForex but Moneycorp is more expensive: for Moneycorp, the cost of AUD1000 is the lowest of the 3, but the fee is much higher, making the actual cost to me the highest of the 3 - it was only possible to select express transfer 0-2 days which is why the fee was so high - the lower cost option was not available. Anyway, the UKForex transfer took less than 48 hours. So...how do I take advantage of the fee free transfer for PIO members? Does this offer require a minimum transfer?
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    jihadi brides on run from ISIS - Bothered?

    Normally, I'd say f*** 'em...they've made their bed etc....but I do believe theres mileage in getting them home to tell their story and hopefully make everyone realise that the ISIL cause is a bad one and the UK is a good place to be no matter which 'god' you choose to bother