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Slean Wolfhead

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Slean Wolfhead last won the day on September 7 2013

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  1. I think i saw that the business case expects 70% of the passengers to come from the East coast and then on to the UK. This is why Qantas have won the battle with Perth Airport to fly these flights from the domestic Qantas hub and not the international terminal. Anything beats going through immigration at Sydney, and if they can fast track departure and arrival it's a bonus. It may also bring more domestic traffic to WA to coincide. The benefit for WA folk is just taking one flight, the benefit for Qantas is that they can persuade more East coast people not to go on other airlines via Singapore, KL, HK or BKK.
  2. Didn't i read that they're doing different seats for this plane, a little bigger?
  3. There has to be a point to all this. I don't think people really understand what they've done yet, or at least, know whether they have the capability to deal with what comes next. There is a lot of bluster and blind optimism from people who can offer little. There is hope though. This is an interesting piece, it was written in 1979 about Britain, it's attitude, and it's role. http://www.economist.com/node/13315108
  4. You would certainly hope it does better, as that is the whole point of the exercise. However the "5th largest economy" notion is trotted out continuously without context. We also have people living on the streets, dropping home ownership, shortage of housing, poor infrastructure investment outside London and a reduction in useful things that a lot of people can do in areas that voted Brexit, pretty much everywhere in England outside London. Where the money goes from the 5th largest economy is another matter, but we have a very strong financial sector that has benefitted hugely from being part of Europe and has seen a massive amount of capital touch British shores and then disappear which we have taken a cut of. The re-shaping of the UK economy and the increased competition for work that was guaranteed to us under EU rules is a major challenge, because a lot of the structure that we require as a truly independent nation standing alone has been abandoned and forgotten over the last 40 years. That was the benefit of sharing the workload and benefits rather than having to duplicate systems and pay for it all ourselves. To earn enough to do this independently whilst making our own workforce more productive, flexible and efficient is asking for a big cultural mindset change from a standing start. I think it can be done, but a lot of the current generation will be long dead and buried before the real results can be measured.
  5. I would go on an extended break to see if you still fit in to the UK, at least 4 weeks to let the initial excitement wear off and then start looking beneath the surface. The thought of picking up where you left off has been covered on here before, but in 12 years everybody's lives will have moved on as well as your own.
  6. yes, i remember having trouble with this. The missus was working and earning the dough with her proof of earnings, while i setup the home, utility bills, registrations and didn't work for 3 months. We went to get mobile contracts and she was refused but i got one, despite no job or income. Turns out, they're looking for a credit history and proof of actually paying for something, rather than the actual credit rating. It's a good tip for new immigrants, make sure you spread the first accounts you setup across both names and each put at least one in your own name so you enter the system quickly. Helps you lift off.
  7. They want to know how much banking you'll be doing with them, which includes how much money you expect to put through their account that they can use to make profit. If it's not much, they might tell you to go bank elsewhere, or try and charge a fee for maintaining the account.
  8. I guess a lot of those jobs at the bottom of that list contain a lot of staff working part-time or weekends, or who are doing them as second jobs or student work to retain a grant.. Difficult to extrapolate anything without the terms of the survey though.
  9. Also, the UK brands are changing their recipes all the time anyway, so what you remember doesn't always exist anymore anyway. Kraft's tinkering with Cadbury to squeeze every last penny out of a bar of chocolate is to it's detriment, they're only interested in packing every supermarket shelf and i just don't buy the stuff anymore.
  10. When we got here we had a little trouble insuring without Australian driving licenses, but Virgin insurance came through ok on the UK ones, if you get stuck. As LKC says, you need to do CTP as well as your own personal insurance. CTP is a charge irrelevant to age and experience..you just choose from various suppliers per state but the price is fairly even between them. You shop around for your personal stuff. As an example, our CTP in Canberra is about $550, but personal insurance is another $700 for a 2 litre SUV. We're in our 40's.
  11. We got a Sportage 5 years ago...never had a single thing go wrong with it. It had a 5yr warranty, but we knew the UK was already offering 7yrs so they were pretty confident in the build quality. Thinking of changing again and looking for something new and non-diesel, but keep coming back to the Kia again. They're not cheap cars anymore though, like they used to be. Hyundai/Kia are also developing a Ute, which should set the cat amongst the pigeons.
  12. I think life in summary is just a long search for contentment and happiness. It's quite easy to read between the lines and see who is unhappy with their lot, who protests too much, and who is trying to convince themselves by criticising or tributing random objects to try and shape their own sense of worth. I don't post here much anymore and only come on for quick spurts and to catch up with any changes, but I've had some people on ignore for years because they added nothing to my experience and still cannot seem to move on with their lives. You just have to filter them out.
  13. A lot of the cheapest Coles biscuits are made in the UK, such as bourbons etc.. They're not the good chocolaty M+S or Waitrose ones though, they're the cheap, nasty and tasteless homebrand stuff like you'd get at Tesco or Sainsbury's. Mr Kiplings UK-made cakes and the UK-made Cadbury mini-rolls are always in Coles mixed in with the local stuff. There will be a lot more of this as the £ drops, and hopefully at better prices than the usual international sections in the supermarkets. I tried some British bacon recently and paid about $8, it shrivelled up into nothing. Much prefer the Aussie stuff now.
  14. It's a tough one. Australia has used immigration to fight off a recession for 19 years, so what you say is true...even the Poms have been criticised for coming over on 457's and ruining the stability of Australian job security....you might have been one of them, and now the same is happening to you. We're all part of the circle. What has happened though, is that people have become incredibly wealthy in Australia, but less productive as a whole compared to rapid advances in efficiency in the 3rd world. There is always somebody coming up from behind. The bottom line is, they can only prop up quality of life and wages for so long before it reaches tipping point for the pre-immigrant population. The UK reached that stage years ago and has been dropping ever since, to the disaster that is unfolding today. If anything, Brexit will lead to increased immigration as they will need more cheaper workers to remain competitive in whatever market they end up in, or the businesses will have to relocate to wherever the workers are. If the UK and Australia want to survive in their current formats, the people who haven't already made their fortunes will have to accept that they will have it much harder than now, and work for less personal benefit, if they want to survive and eventually prosper. Young people today won't have the sort of lives their parents, or grandparents had. They will see a drop in standards, balancing out against the immigrant and poorest people who are coming in from poverty and seeing a rise in their living standards. They incidently, don't see a problem as their own lives are improving dramatically and they are being lifted out of poverty. This is the underlying principle of capital democracy, and everybody is happy to argue for democracy as long as they are still on the upward curve. What happens when the beneficiaries of democracy reach the top of their own cliff and realise that their dramatic increase in life quality and wealth is heading for a plateau and then a decline, is still being played out. The Brexiteer voters from the poorest classes are hoping their Government is going to save them from the competition, the rust belt voter from the USA is hoping Trump is going to save them and send them back to a time of digging coal. Australia will hit this point in about 10 years. It's all bullshit...both Trump and the UK Government are already doing what Government's do and dropping the promises that put them in place, because none of them really want to change the system to protect their people. Isolationism and protectionism to keep the wolf from the door need a wholesale change in principle and belief, and we're just going to get more of the same. Can they be saved, and do you trust Government to do what you want, or are they going to use your vote as a mandate for them to whatever they want and retain the status quo just in a different format?
  15. If it's a hard Brexit and no single market, they need a border and a customs point. Or how can it work? Maybe tourists walk through on a free VISA, but everything else will need to be checked, including the validity of labels on boxes, and what's inside them.