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  1. Same here, and I'd be struggling to name one other than the ones you've just mentioned. However, back in the 80s she starred in a excellent mini-series called Bangkok Hilton, which catapulted her into the limelight. It didn't do much for Thailand's tourist industry though!
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    Moving to Perth! - Housing

    When we bought our current house the contract came directly from the estate agent, and that was before we'd contacted a solicitor to handle our end of the transaction. It was all done electronic actually, I just had to press a button to buy the house! I think that's how it works in QLD too.
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    Should Donald Trump win Nobel Peace Prize ?

    ..and so the media are within their rights to censor if it's blatantly untrue. Although it's rather a shame in some respects because now we're missing out on pearler's like these...
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    Moving to Perth! - Housing

    I'd be interested to know how that works in practice because the estate agents over here do a lot more than the ones in the UK, who simply advertise your house and arrange viewings. I recall that the one's here handle the contracts, and also hold the buyer's deposit until settlement. If you're completely dispensing with their services then how are you going to manage those aspects of the transaction? And as a further matter of interest, does anyone know anyone who's actually done that?
  5. I'm guessing you're referring to Donnell Rawlings? I saw the too, and thought the same.
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    Should Donald Trump win Nobel Peace Prize ?

    If you're running for president it would be expected that you have integrity, and not knowingly make false or misleading statements during your campaign.
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    Maths teacher, uk to aus with family

    Yes, that's fine.
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    Maths teacher, uk to aus with family

    I'd be setting my sights a little more highly, if I was you. A friend of mine left a HOD position in a UK school last summer, applied for Principal in a small school in Western Australia when he arrived in December, and got it!
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    Should Donald Trump win Nobel Peace Prize ?

    I think you'll find that figure is 1.7%. (105,000 prisoners / 6 million population) That prison is both impressive and horrific, and it certainly seems to have done the trick in stopping gang violence. I imagine it's an absolute hell-hole inside, and there are probably some poor souls in there who are innocent but were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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    Retiring in SW Western Australia

    I'll take that as a compliment. I'd love to be in my mid 40s again, even though that would mean I'd be working for another 15 years. I'm old enough to remember the men landing on the moon, and I know it was real because you couldn't see the strings like you could on Thunderbirds and Stingray.
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    Retiring in SW Western Australia

    Just over a year ago my wife and I enjoyed a very nice holiday in Tasmania, which was also a bit of a reccie for somewhere to spend our golden years. We really liked Launceston, although overall we weren't sure whether Tassie was a place that we could settle in retirement. We're thinking of taking another trip there during winter time and seeing what that's like. During the last year, two of my friends have moved from the East Coast to the Perth area for different reasons. One has retired near Mandurah while the other is working in Rockingham, and both are loving it. The most common reasons cited being affordability, proximity to the beach, lack of humidity, and that generally it's just a more laid back lifestyle over there. All this sounds very appealing, and for someone who really enjoys travelling it's also much closer to the rest of the world than the East Coast is. We want our next move to be mortgage-free and have a budget of $650,000 to play with, and looking on RealEstate that seems to get you a lot more house than you'd be able to buy anywhere (desirable) on the East Coast. I've only ever made two trips to the West Coast. The first was a 4-day city break in Perth 25 years ago, and the second was a two week road trip (Perth - Kalgoorlie - Esperance - Albany - Margaret River - Perth). The latter was 17 years ago so my experience of WA is far from up-to-date. I know Perth is a lot drier than QLD and I can live with that, but I really don't like anywhere that's completely flat and featureless, and for that reason Margaret River appeals. I remember it being quite hilly and a greener there. All of the affordable places between Perth and Margaret River would also be of interest, although I don't think we could afford to live close to Perth itself. I'd love to hear opinions (both positive and negative) and advice from those currently living in WA, or anyone who lived there fairly recently. Many thanks in advance!
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    Julian Assange arrested

    Just because a person doesn't have a qualification or formal training as a journalist, that doesn't mean they can't be a journalist. Assange has had sufficient works published to legitimately claim to a journalist, and that's well-documented. I agree, he's a very good hacker too, but that doesn't mean he isn't a journalist. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Assange#Written_works,_television_show,_and_views The question is was he acting in a journalistic capacity when he stole those secrets and published them, or were his actions merely serving his own agenda?
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    Julian Assange arrested

    I'm sure @Blue Manna understands but just enjoys pressing your buttons, as he does everyone else's. Having reached the end of The Tales of Robin Hood, surely there weren't too many people exclaiming "Well that Robin was nothing but a common criminal, he should be in jail!" They're all too busy celebrating the downfall of the Sheriff of Nottingham to worry about the poor night watchman who got thrown off the ramparts when Robin broke into the castle to rescue Maid Marian, or the soldiers who got trampled under foot as they made their escape into the night. They were just collateral in the victory over tyranny, hey-ho. The high court, or supreme court, or European court - sorry, I've lost track - will decide whether what Assange did was a crime, or allowable as an act of free speech. In my opinion there's nothing about the man that would make you want to take his side, so I don't have much sympathy for him whatever the outcome. That said, the American judicial system seems far more punitive than restorative, where an individual's power and wealth can significantly influence the outcome of a hearing. I doubt whether he would receive a fair trail based on what most of us would consider 'fair', and on that basis I don't think he should be deported.
  14. Sorry to hear that, although given the seriousness of equestrian-related injuries it sounds like you had a lucky escape. Get well soon.
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    Worried about financial situation that comes with moving

    If you're going to rent out your UK home and you're already citizens, then those are two biggies you won't need to worry about. You mentioned 'my husband and I', which I assume means you don't have kids either, so it isn't going to be a big risk to re-establish yourselves over here. However, I'm sure you'll be aware from reading other recent posts on this subject that housing affordability (whether renting or or buying) is now a real issue in Australia, particularly if you want to live in a desirable location. I'd have to agree with @Toots that moving just for the weather isn't a good enough reason itself, although I'll admit I never get bored with the nice weather here while I find the UK climate rather depressing. Have you considered the possibility of moving to southern Europe. Is your business something you could continue with through remote work, if you were on a similar time zone to the UK? You mentioned that your leisure time is constantly compromised, although you didn't say how you like to spend it. I emigrated in my early 30s when I was very outdoorsy, so I really embraced the Aussie lifestyle. I'm now approaching 60, and although I still love the great outdoors it isn't so much of a priority these days. Given your current ages you might also find that your leisure interests change in the next 10 years or so. If you decide to give it a whirl then set a date by which time you'll choose to either stay in Australia, or return to the UK. At least that way you'll feel like you gave it your best shot, but you won't forever be in a state of limbo. Good luck with it all, whatever you decide to do.
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