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    Dog import info

    Then you need to talk to pet air and get a time line in place for all the check ups and shots. They are good with giving you a time line to follow. It's a six month wait from the first rabies shot. The theory is that England isn't rabies free any more as a rabid rat could run down the channel tunnel from France and infect the whole country.
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    Dog import info

    They also kept sending us emails asking us to pay for a outside consultant vet at a cost of about $500 per visit for the elderly dog. When all he needed was a quiet area with his sister and he would have been fine. But they ignored this and kept him locked up in general population. @Toots You have to pay all the fees in advance before you pick the dogs up. When you approach the Quarentine station there are big grey prison walls, in Rooty Hill everything was just contained by chain link fences. This isn't a better system.
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    Dog import info

    We used pet air and they did their job very well. The quarentine in Melbourne are a bunch of idiots though! My 30kg healthy dog was skin and bones after ten days in quarentine! We wrote them emails about how to best care for the dogs but you could tell they were not reading them. Thay tell you that they wash the dogs every three days, this is a lie, my dogs both stank upon release and one dog was poorly due to the stress caused and had dried blood on his back legs that was not cleaned off. The blood was crusted to his body. They kept him seperated from his sister when we sent several emails asking for them to be kept together, there were stickers on his crate as well and pet air informed them. This was all ignored. We recieved an email several days after they were released saying that all our emails went into their spam folder because we were not useing an Australian email address. The quarentine was easier on the dogs when they had the quarentine in Rooty Hill Sydney. At least they let you visit them, bring them treats and listen to your advice on how to care for your dogs. The dog is slowly putting weight back on, he won't sleep on his dog bed any more though and sneaks into the bedroom and into bed with my wife and I and sleeps over my legs. Some nights he has nightmares, I give him a cuddle.
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    Cars and motorcycles...

    I was also concerned about outstanding finance on the bike? When you get a loan on a new car or bike is the loan attached to the vehicle or is it attached to the person? Or even their home? Does anybody know how to check for this?
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    Cars and motorcycles...

    There is a wait on new bikes, but I don't think it is like cars at the moment. There are a lot more computer chips on a new car than there are on a motorcycle, lots more sensors and what not. I was just wondering what his deal was? And if that is just the market and how it operates. He mentioned other people who were interested in the bike and where they were from, so I remembered the names of some of the places and googled them, is it common to get a vehicle transported around the country? Would someone buy a used vehicle sight unseen? All the "other" buyers were from ACT and Victoria and the bike is North of Sydney. I know this was the get in quick now before the other guy gets it ploy. Oh well, I will keep on looking. Thanks for the advice.
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    Cars and motorcycles...

    I'm trying to understand the market in Australia. I went to look at a motorcycle a few days ago, it was only a year old and few thousand k's on it. The thing is the guy selling it wanted just about the same amount as he paid for it, even though it was him who had the pleasure of riding it off the showroom floor, he had the brand new brake pads, chain, tyres etc etc. I could kind of tell that he is not getting that much interest from trying to sell it, yet he didn't want to move that much from his price. I wonder if it was because we are obviously new to the country? Or if he really believed his bike was worth that much? In the end I decided not to buy the bike, it didn't feel right. I'm really not in the mood to haggle at the moment and told him this and just asked what his best price is. He didn't move from his advertised price. So I guess that I will adding fifteen hundred dollars to my bike fund and buying new from a dealer, it seems like a better deal to me.
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    CFS/ ME citizen but not resident….

    If I had health problems I would rather be in the UK than Australia. Yes, things are going to be crazy in the UK for at least three more years. They have an awful lot to work out. But if I was in the position where I needed benifits and healthcare I would rather be in the UK. Sorry.
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    Uggs...

    I know where I am going on the weekend. The delux boot looks great!
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    Uggs...

    I thought that UGG was only a brand outside of Australia and inside Australia it is just a term for the Ugly boots. But I could be wrong. While not being the best looking things they would be worn happily around the house, keeping my feet warm. I was wondering if anyone knew a good sheepskin store in Sydney that made their own?
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    Uggs...

    It's cold here, I want some ugg boots, maybe a pair of moccasins? I want real Australian Uggs, made from real Australian sheep skin. Does anyone know where I can buy some in Sydney? I know there is the company that have trade marked the UGG name, but they just sell the skins with a fake fur liner. Awful things. What I am after is the real deal, real lamb fur tickling my toes and keeping them warm, I want the real Aussie feeling.
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    Your last meal....

    It was a fry up! In the local greasy spoon. It wasn't so much the food, but we had made friends with all the people in the cafe. Our first meal in Australia was a macca's at the airport when we landed. The first meal in Australia I cooked was kangeroo steak with a kale salad, which had so many root veggies in it I just put it in the pan after the roo and just wilted it with some soy sauce, roasted white sweet potatoe. Simple but yummy.
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    Your last meal....

    I think this is more like what I was looking for. I have eaten in fancy restaurants and the food was lovely, but when away from a country for awhile it isn't the best food that country has you will miss. It's the weird snacks, the day to day stuff you eat between meals just to fill a hole in your stomach. So for lunch it is waitrose sausage rolls, davidstow cheddar cheese on toast, roast beef hula hoops, washed down with elderflower cordial.
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    Your last meal....

    We will be moving to Sydney, but are in Brighton UK at the moment.
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    Your last meal....

    Sorry Sydney. Yes I would like to bring a pub with me, the place, not just a generic place to get drunk in, but a pub to socialise in and quaff ale. But that roaring log fire is there because it is bloody cold outside, windy and lashing down with rain, absolutly no fun on the walk back home. I'll take a Gin and tonic in my hammock in the sunshine any day over that. I've lived in character cottages, I have scars on my head fron the low beams and door ways, churches and cathederals creep me out, they were built to scare the poor and make them bow down to the power and the glory or to instill the fear of being dammed into hell, either way I only see them as a means to control and steal from the poor. I do like pretty flowers though, but I would have thought with all the sunshine in Australia, the flowers would be growing bigger, brighter and stronger. I know the fruit and veg is better. Yes the stuff you get in Woollworths and Coles is only a bit better than Tesco's or Sainsburys, but if you go to a decent fruit and veg market the selection is wonderful, the quality is enough to get any chef excited. We used to go to the veg market first and plan our meals around what ever veg was in season. Plum and peach season was great I never knew there were so many varietys! I never purchased a candy bar over there, why would you when there is such great fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth. The fish market was good, I never found the meat market though, I will have to look for that. I'm not just looking for a good butcher, but the place where the butcher gets his meat. I do enjoy coming home with a side of pork and surprising the wife, the last time I did it they threw in two heads free of charge. Braised pork jowl with truffle mash potato, went down very well. Although the terrines and pies I made with the heads and trotters were eaten very happily, untill I explained to the wife what she was acctually eating. So if anyone knows where the meat market is I would really appreciate knowing.
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    Your last meal....

    To be honest bacon and ham are the only thing I will miss. Finding out I can buy it in woolworths brings me so much joy. I don't eat that much really, but decent ham in a quiche every so often makes everyone smile. It seems that I won't miss a thing from the UK. Bring on the sunshine!
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