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    46

    Hi We lived in Australia a few years ago, we moved back to England and now we are looking to get back out there again. The problem is that I am now 46 years old. Am I just too old for trying to find someone to sponsor me? I was looking at the visa requirements and they all say must be under 45 years old. Have I missed the boat now? I wouldn't want to be there temporaryily, I would want to get my citazenship. I have been applying for FIFO jobs in WA as a chef. I have had some interest from people. To be honest I could do the job very easily, I work hard and would fit in. I'd buy my ticket tomorrow if I had a visa, getting a job would be easy. Am I too old?
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    46

    The last time we came I was on a spouse visa, My wife who is now 50 (sshhh don't let her hear that) had the 457 sponsorship visa. She had the fancy job working in the tech industry. What Raul Senise called a high paying job. Unfortunatly she encountered racism at work and it really got to her. It broke her heart, she didn't know how to handle it, she hadn't experianced anything like that in decades. I encountered a little racism towards me as well, even though I am blonde haired and blue eyed. I was able to make a joke and laugh it off, make the guys doing the talking feel a little bit silly and small. Still you know what they say, small minds usually come with large mouths. So our little plan was for me to get sponsorship and get us both over there. Find a migration agent and ask them if it would be best to have my wife in a sponsored job or just on the spouse part of my visa. Find out the best and fastest route to an Australian passport. My wife would be in the tech industry. Me? I thought a man of my cooking skills just applying for a cooks job in a mining camp would have been snapped up. I would have thought head chef in less than six months. When we were over there last I started saving to open my own business. I can see a catering opportunity in Australia that would be great for me to do, revitilising a classic Australia dish. I even had found a premisis that would have been perfect in Sydney and was saving up to buy ovens, mixers, fridges and so forth. You guys probably wouldn't even guess that a decent table in a profesional kitchen costs about $1000, Ovens are around $25,000 and the list goes on and on. It would take a fair wedge of cash and a lot of hard work. The only difference being that I would make every sauce from scratch, from bones. None of the Bisto gravey here, just good honest food made with love from fresh ingredients. Thats the key, serving a quality product only costs a little bit more, but takes a lot more hard work and effort. It would be my business I would only serve food that I would eat myself, I know I would be starting work at 5am and finishing at about 8pm for the first few years that would be 7 days a week, 364 days a year, as the business built up I could hire more staff and cut my hours. I don't just want to work sit in the sun and drink beer. I want to build something that is mine, employ Australians, give something back to the society that can give me opportunitys and then when I have done that I can open up my hammock crack open that beer and drink it with the biggest grin I can imagine.
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    46

    A little hope is all we need! I have my cooking qualifications, and I thought that fifo chef work was not something that most people wanted to do. I cook really well and could do the job easily. I know there is lots of competition for a dump truck driver or welder in fifo work, but not for the kitchen. So I thought I could work fifo and save up to open my own business. My wife works with computers in the technology industry. What would a high paying position be? Also how would we wrangle getting sponsorship at our age? From sunny England as well?
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    46

    Damn. I don't think I will ever get back over there. I can always dream.
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    46

    My wife had a 457 visa about six years ago I was on the spouse entitlement. She was 44 six years ago. We only stayed about two years. I loved it, but she wasn't happy. I haven't been happy since we left.
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    46

    My wife had a 457 visa about six years ago I was on the spouse entitlement. She was 44 six years ago. We only stayed about two years. I loved it, but she wasn't happy. I haven't been happy since we left.
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    Grass...

    Well Australian grass isn't like a grass, it is not like any other type of grass that I have seen. If you look at it, it has creepers and isn't at all like English grass. So what is it called? Is the seed available in Bunnings? I need to plant a lawn.
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    Grass...

    I think it is called Kikuyu. :cool: Thanks.
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    Cops and drug use.

    I cannot tell if you are joking or not? Sativex, is from the UK it is one of the first medical cannabis products marketed to govenments. It uses high CBD and low THC cannabis, they make an oil with it using alcohol and when the oil is ready they dilute it with alcohol and add peppermint flavour. That's all they do. Nothing you couldn't do in your own kitchen. Oh and cannabis isn't addictive.
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    Cops and drug use.

    Both my brothers drink alcohol and have done so for years.They will swear they're not addicted,but ask them if they can give it up?Nope. There is nothing wrong with smoking weed, in fact it has many beneficial sides to it. Just look at the amount of medicinal benefits there are and you will be surprised. You don't have to smoke it either, you can bake it in a cake, vaporise it, or even make an oil which is helpful to people with epilepsy and cancer. If you lose the "Reefer Madness" and look at the facts, you will wonder why it was made illegal in the first place.
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    Cops and drug use.

    It is hypocritical of the police to take drugs themselves. But then again they don't make the laws they just enforce them. So long as the officer was not impaired at work, there should be no problem. Prohibition has solved nothing and has only strengthened the criminal element in society. If you want to cut down on drug use look at the society that the drug users live in. When people lead happy productive lives they use less drugs. When people lead lives with little hope or have problems they use more drugs. Drug use should be a medical issue not a criminal one. End prohibition and see the world change.
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    Partner struggling

    I have lived in Canada, I hated it. To be honest it is very similar to Australia, by the way the people think and their love of bureaucracy and the way they just sheepishly follow authority. Their Healthcare is slightly better, but only slightly. Winters are harsh, but so is Summer in Australia. Canada is a diluted America, just different enough to be irritating. But maybe you had some problems before you came to Australia and you thought that being in a new country would solve them. A wise man once said "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are" You can move anywhere in the world and you will always have the same old problems and you will probably have the stress of the move included in that, as a little cherry on the cake. Maybe you should talk things through calmly and ask your Husband lots of questions, find out where the problems really come from. Just be honest with him And yourself.
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    Going back in time- when?

    I would go to America in the late Fifties. Watch the world change, drink coffee with beatniks and write some poetry. I would hop over to Mexico and find William Burroughs and have a laugh. When the Sixties came around I would join the merry pranksters, ride the bus and tune in, turn on and drop out. Find Kesey and Kerouac and rap with them. See the Doors, Rolling stones and Jefferson Airplane. Wait patiently for Black Sabah to tour and see Hawkwind as much as I could
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    Four days in Sydney.

    We have four days in Sydney left. Any suggestions for things to do?
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    Four days in Sydney.

    We did the fine dining thing already. But I like the walk idea, we will do that and the botanical gardens. Maybe a re-vist of the absinthe salon as that was the coolest place we have had a drink in Sydney.
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    Four days in Sydney.

    Doing the zoo tomorrow. Just wondered if there was a must see or must do or must eat?
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    Lonely teen - advice needed

    Tell her the truth. In a year and a half she will leave all these so called friends behind her. She will be getting a job or going to University, be getting a boyfriend or a girlfriend, maybe both? Her social circle will be much larger, she will have friends with more common interests who will love to include her. They will want to include her because she is a funny and interesting person. Her school mates are most likely a bunch of dicks and she will be glad to put them in her past. Just be aware that school can be a horrible place for some people and some people are just glad to leave. But when you are sixteen it is your whole world. Make her realise that the world is a fantastic place and there is a special and happy place for her in the world.
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    Backpack or suitcase?

    I would go with a backpack. It is easier to travel with, no lugging some wheeled bag around. But and this is so important make sure the bag fits you! Make sure that you do all the straps up properly. If you do this it will be so comfortable you won't know it is there. Get it wrong and it will be unwieldy and uncomfortable. Go to a shop in the UK called Cotswold outdoor, just ask questions try on the backpacks, see if you like one. Go to blacks and Kathmandu as well. I believe Kathmandu is just off Oxford Street in London. Look at a pack that is about 65 litres for a start, it should be a good starting point for a lady. But don't pack the bag full! you will buy things, leave a little space for them. Remember you can buy your deodorant and shower gel when you get here, they take up a lot of space. There is a shop called Big W here it's like Wallart in the States or Asda back home. It sells cheap clothes and shoes and deodorant and what not. The quality isn't fantastic, but you get what you pay for in life. Ask someone where a big shopping mall is and have a walk around it, Rhodes or maquarie park all have lots of shops and everything you will need. If you go to Rhodes you can take a break from shopping and take a stroll down the Parramatta river which is nice.
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    Why don't you = you should ??

    Why don't you switch off your TV and do something less boring instead?
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    Kmart !!!!

    Fabric softener and washing powder are bargains there! If you pick through some of the stuff there are bargains to be found for the garden and garage. Just watch out for the tools they are made of cheese. Just do your homework as some things are more expensive there.
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    UK in or out of Europe?

    Not really. Watch the news. Speak to lots of people. Australia is similar to America, it is a very blinkered society. But lots of people are happy living that way.
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    UK in or out of Europe?

    Going on holiday and living in a different country are two different things. It is ridiculous to think that a vacation is in any way comparable to living somewhere else for years. You learn much more living somewhere, than you ever would on a two week break. So Yes the island will become more insular as people do not get to move around as much as they could. Their world view will become skewed as they only will see things from the view point of their country. Most people get their information from the media, so people who get a lot of their information from places like the Daily Mail won't get to see a really true view of the world.
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    UK in or out of Europe?

    Like I was saying, if we pull out of Europe the UK will become more insular and Xenophobic. Lacking the freedom of movement, means we will end up like the Australians who do not have the freedom to move around Europe and get jobs and settle like the average European. We will be stuck on an Island, Just like the Australians are, trapped wearing blinkers. Then again some people like that.
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    UK in or out of Europe?

    But then again I am not a lazy man, I can learn to speak a language if I go to another country. Once immersed it really is quite easy. I'm not going to limit the places I go or the places I live in, just because I cannot speak another language. When someone see's you making an effort in speaking their language, they usually try and help you along.
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