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    Family suburbs and climate

    I’ve seen people say it takes 50 minutes or an hour from Mt Eliza to the CBD but if you are travelling at anything like rush hour it’s much much longer than this and daily would be a massive pain. If you can find a well paid job locally, would be much better.
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    Family suburbs and climate

    Climate - Adelaide and its surrounds have a genuine Mediterranean type climate. Rainfall is generally seasonal and almost completely absent in the summer season - which is a long one. It is also more “stable” in summer. Melbourne has a more oceanic climate. Although it can get hot in the summer, there are frequent changes in temperature and wind direction and it’s position between the bay, ocean and Alpine areas influences its climate and causes cloud and strong cold fronts to sometimes form. It can also be quite windy. The weather is very mobile and changes fast, though not necessarily to “bad” weather. It rains less in summer than winter, but the pattern is less pronounced than in Adelaide. To compare with Europe, Adelaide’s climate is fairly similar to Crete, Melbourne’s is more like that on the Atlantic coast of Spain (broadly speaking).
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    Marriage in the uk

    https://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/SN00644/SN00644.pdf Read the above- you have to have lived in the district where you give notice of marriage for at least 7 days before giving notice. There’s then a 28 day minimum notice period after notice is given. This makes it impractical just to turn up and get married there, you do need to show you live there. It was something I hadn’t appreciated or considered before I planned to get married .
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    Marriage in the uk

    How will you get married in the uk if you don’t live there? there are residency requirements to get married there. If you are not ordinarily resident in the uk then you cannot get married there unless you literally go and live there for a period of time. i had this a couple of years ago. ended up having to get legally married here and a celebration in the uk after but the legal marriage took place here. If you’re getting married to an EU national as a Brit you’ll need to meet income financial /support requirements if you both want to move back.
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    Some advice and perspective from you wise poms in oz please

    You’ve been here quite a number of years now. Pull of family and having kids can draw folk back to where they have more of a support network. you say your feeling settles with a visit home or family visiting you. That’s because you dearly miss them, it’s quite natural. Its a hard decision with kids, both partners need to be on the same page or agree a way forward completely and commit to it otherwise it will not work out. Plenty of folk do work it out though. I’ve been here 7 years with partner. We don’t have kids. Currently I’m going through a patch where I’m missing people, relatives and friends who live in uk (rather than missing the UK itself). a move back there would be problematic for my partner as their career is v specific and pays a third of what it does here so would probably need to retrain or do something new. Although we’ve had good material success here in Melb, and love the country, the whole thing has been a bit of a disaster in terms of making social connections of any sort. I have no social life other than with my partner, who also works away from home several days each week. We are together at weekends. It’s an odd existence and I long for proper connection with a community or old friends (of which I had many in uk) and regular contact with family now. Watching parents grow older also means there’s more of a pull, as you realise life is short. Other bereavements can also bring this into some focus or change the situation somewhat. Ive often thought a move and finding new challenges in another EU country might suit rather than a direct move to the uk. at least then would be roughly on the same Timezone and only couple hours on an aircraft to see family, rather than 20. Perhaps a compromise. Best of luck with whatever you decide to do.
  6. I'm going back in November for a couple of big family occasions , wedding and a milestone birthday. Otherwise, I wouldn't be bothering. First trip back since we moved here 3 years ago. Would rather not waste annual leave on UK trips lots of the world still to see. will be good to see family though.
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    I'm new here - 24 y/o Londoner lost in Sydney :(

    Maybe Melb has more friendly people than Sydney but I really don't know. I've been here the best part of 3 years and haven't yet got any friends or social circle. I've stopped putting pressure on myself about it but kind of accepted this is the way it is. It does make me rather sad though as I had loads of lifelong mates in the UK. But I sometimes wish I had at least some social life here . I've just worked and not made time to build a social network, and I really regret it.
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    Same Sex Couple with adopted child moving to Melbourne

    We have not encountered any homophobia, one or two people who have led fairy sheltered lives and been surprised to meet a real live gay person and not met one before... but that's about it. As long as you approach people with a straightforward open friendly attitude you will be fine. Blokes are quite blokey in Oz but that doesn't mean they are prejudiced at all....most people nowadays are pretty supportive and chilled about equal rights and gay people in general. Came from London, supposed to be a beacon of tolerance and diversity but managed to get shouted at one time from a passing car by some homophobe and certain would have thought twice about how I conducted myself in certain areas. You can get idiots anywhere.
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    melbourne is fab, great fun and the people are not uptight like they can be in sydney . It's a great place to live . And weatherwise....sydney just had more rain in 2 days than Melbourne has had since June last year.
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    What do you miss from the UK?

    there is no product I can't find here or that I miss from uk. Everything is here, or there are alternative which are as good or better. Possible exception of ready meals which there's not a great range of here but let's face it they are all processes salty crap anyway- make your own food it's nicer. We don't find prices of every day items any more expensive in Melb than in uk certainly if you're sensible and shop around.
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    Move to Melbourne after 2 yrs in Brissy??

    mebourne is fine to live in and more probably going on in terms of diversity of social activities if you want them. That said, I have no social life as such, haven't made any friends at all (not one) since we arrived nor socialised with anyone other than my partner, or with colleagues at a company organised social function, since we arrived here over 2 years ago . I guess it's what you make of it.
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    Should the Bali 9 ringleaders be executed ?

    I don't think they should be exexuted. The Australian federal police were tipped off by the parents of one of the nine that something was afoot and desperately pleaded with the authorities to stop them leaving to go to Bali as far as I remember but they chose to take no action , knowing this may lead to a death penalty. Pretty savage. And they didn't even bother to try and find the mr bigs .
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    Interest Rates Cut

    About 40 percent of Aussies own their homes outright and 30 percent rent. What about interest rates for renters who are saving a deposit or the many who have paid off their homes. To listen to the media you'd think everyone had a huge mortgage. Many have none or would benefit from higher interest rates to be able to save. As usual the indebted benefit!
  14. I thought it very strange that he would award Prince Philip a Australian Knighthood. It's hardly like he "needs" the honour,whether or not he's worthy of it, he's already got superior titles and it just sounds odd. I thought that as Imperial Honours have been reinstated, it was to be a rare thing and for Australians of exceptional merit, rather than a senior member of the Royal Family (who are usually the ones dishing out the honours anyway!) What was going through his mind thinking he'd give one to a member of the Royal Family? I'm a monarchist too but it's beyond strange.
  15. another milestone in the long slow decline of the UK