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brightonbee last won the day on September 16 2012

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  1. brightonbee

    So many bad vibes...

    'its not Disneyland'- it may have appeared that way for the gold prospectors but this Disneyland view portrayed in the adverts is often far from reality and this is where the problems may stem from- Oz not meeting expectations for some people. When I go,back to UK , some people say things like ' you are so lucky' ( I made my own luck by taking a risk) and my response is that's most of the time, life iS similar - you get up, go to work, come home, do an exercise class, cook dinner, watch TV then go to bed. That's Life.
  2. brightonbee

    So many bad vibes...

    PERSPECTIVE - Different people look at the same things from different standpoints producing…well, different "points of view." When we appreciate and become sensitive to other people's different ways of looking at things, we begin to develop an ability shared by few - the ability to "put oneself in the other's shoes" or more simply, to see things from their perspective.Differing perspective is the most common basis of conflict among humans. Instinct leads us to pursue our own point of view. Wisdom leads us to explore the standpoints of others in order to acquire an understanding of their perspectives and the basis thereof. This exploration leads to a significant increase in communication skill and empathy. It helps us to pause before making assumptions. It allows us to consider the extraordinary possibility that we may, unlikely as it may
  3. brightonbee

    So many bad vibes...

    'The truth is, you will only really ever find people on here who are complaining about how bad Oz is because they want to share their frustration as to why they have either failed or justifying why they are moving back. The rest of us are just getting on with our life's and enjoying what Oz has to offer., Not sure that I agree with you. I think that there is a lot of helpful advice and support here. Moving to the other side of the world is complex and raises issues for some people that they haven't experienced before- new laws, tax systems, new culture etc. etc. etc. POI has been an enormous source of support when I have had to negotiate many new ways of living. There are thousands of members - are you suggesting that they are all miserable in OZ and want to leave?
  4. brightonbee

    So many bad vibes...

    yes, get with it and get an iPad then you can pop it up on the counter whilst cooking breakfast!
  5. brightonbee

    Anyone been short - changed lately

    Thought so - people can't add up!
  6. brightonbee

    Anyone been short - changed lately

    It's happened to me twice over the weekend- can't people add up anymore !!
  7. brightonbee

    Moving to Melbourne

    Heating is expensive as it gets cold in winter. Can I share one piece of advice - make sure that the house you rent is INSULATED especially if it is old - otherwise you are looking at an additional couple of hundred dollars for heating. The rental market isn't as well regulated here as UK so TAKE PHOTOS of everything, date and give one copy to agent. Tht cute little weatherboard ain't so cute in heavy rain and wind
  8. brightonbee

    So many bad vibes...

    my view of PIO( apart from the obvious about professionals advertising their businesses and services and probably the reason most of us stumble upon it when googling in pet carrier services etc.) is that it is a forum where people who mostly share a similar culture , come together to share experiences of living in a foreign country. Perhaps the reason that this forum is so big is that there aren't enough ways for ex UK'ers to meet in person and support one another. There seem to be council funded Chinese Groups , Greek Groups. Correct me if I am wrong but are the needs of EX UK'ers being taken into consideration. If this forum was only to be used for positive comments, then perhaps we could rename it Polyanna in OZ! Melbourne is a great city - I love the fact that you can drive into the centre on a weekend and park close to where you want to be.(positive) a lot of the rental properties are old and dilapidated ( negative) you can be out in the bush within an hour without having to sit for hours in traffic (positive) the outer suburbs are sprawling and some are ugly and lack infrastructure ( negative) it is bloody cold in winter (negative) but spring and summer are delightful(positive) supermarket food is expensive ( negative) you can eat out in a Vietnamese restaurant for under a tenner( posiTive) I have enjoyed my time in Melbourne, thankful I never bought a property ( well the prices in decent areas are astronomical) but I feel ready after 5 years to go home with some great memories . At this time, If I could describe my OZ experience it would be that I love the holiday Oz ( sun, sand sea, BBQ) but not too keen on the day to day working and living expereince. That's my view But this won't necessarily be anyone else's view
  9. brightonbee

    age concern

    You are definitely not too old - not sure about the permanent visa age requirements- think 50 is cut off point. Your wife may be able to find a company who sponsors 457 temporary visas -no age restrictions. In my view, your 16 year old's ability to settle will be your biggest headache - a friend's 16 year old is sabotaging the family's attempts to settle here - the usual hormonal issues but mainly due to her feeling that she has been yanked away from friends
  10. brightonbee

    Do you wish you'd never come?

    Good idea to stay a bit longer and enjoy the spring weather! Start of UK summer is ideal time to relocate back but appreciate this is not always possible
  11. brightonbee

    Do you wish you'd never come?

    I'll miss the coffee!!!
  12. brightonbee

    Do you wish you'd never come?

    I don't think that I will ever regret living here but after 5 years I am ready to go home.i have learned what home means and I have learned the importance of feeling connected and that friendship and family are priceless. As for UK going down the tube, suggest stop reading The Daily Doom and Gloom Mail. I considered selling up in UK and buying here but the poor exchange rate and the complexities , in hindsight, worked for me. I have been blessed with the experience of living in a different culture and now my UK home is waiting there for me.
  13. brightonbee

    457 visa issues and all change for Melbourne ( maybe)!

    Only heard good reports about working at The Alfred. Great area too
  14. Information comes from a reliable source and I have no reason to doubt this person's veracity. Guy's partner is South East Asian and said that her friends have successfully gained visas. No reputable agent will give you a no visa no fee deal, as visas can be turned down for all kinds of reasons. No RMA would take on a case if they did not think you would be able to get a visa.
  15. Dear friends, [TABLE=width: 220, align: right] <tbody>[TR] [TD] Putin's war on dissent may have met its match in Pussy Riot , the female protest group. The European Parliament is calling for an asset freeze and travel ban on Russia's corrupt elite -- let's join their call and make it a reality -- sign the petition: [/TD] [/TR] </tbody>[/TABLE] Facing 2 years in jail for singing a song criticizing President Putin in a church, a member of Pussy Riot gestured to the court and said in her show-trial's closing statements, "Despite the fact that we are physically here, we are freer than everyone sitting across from us ... We can say anything we want..." Russia is steadily slipping into the grip of a new autocracy -- clamping down on public protest, allegedly rigging elections, intimidating media, banning gay rights parades for 100 years, and even beating critics like chess master Garry Kasparov. But many Russian citizens remain defiant, and Pussy Riot's eloquent bravery has galvanized the world’s solidarity. Now, our best chance to prove to Putin there is a price to pay for this repression lies with Europe. The European Parliament is calling for an assets freeze and travel ban on Putin’s powerful inner circle who are accused of multiple crimes . Our community is spread across every corner of the world -- if we can push the Europeans to act, it will not only hit Putin's circle hard, as many bank and have homes in Europe, but also counter his anti-Western propaganda, showing him that the whole world is willing to stand up for a free Russia. Click below to support the sanctions and tell everyone: http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_pussy_riot_free_russia_a/?bFmLqbb&v=17312 Last week’s trial is about far more than three women and their 40-second ‘punk prayer’ . When tens of thousands flooded the streets to protest rigged elections, the government threw organisers into jail for weeks. And in June Parliament effectively outlawed dissent by raising the fine for unsanctioned protest an astounding 150-fold, roughly the average Russian’s salary for a whole year. Pussy Riot may be the most famous Russian activists right now, but their sentence is not the grossest injustice of Putin’s war on dissent. In 2009, anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered a massive tax fraud at the heart of Russia’s power dealers, died in jail -- without a trial, on shaky charges, and with medical attention repeatedly denied. 60 of Russia’s elite have been under scrutiny for the case and its cover-up, and the sanctions the European Parliament is proposing are on this inner circle. International attention to Russia’s crackdown is cresting right now, and the ‘Magnitsky sanctions’ are the best way to put the heat on Putin and help create breathing room for the suffocating democracy movement. Let’s give Europe's leaders a global public mandate to adopt the sanctions. Sign the petition now and share this with everyone: http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_pussy_riot_free_russia_a/?bFmLqbb&v=17312 What happens in Russia matters to us all. Russia has blocked international coordination on Syria and other urgent global issues, and a Russian autocracy threatens the world we all want, wherever we are. The Russian people face a serious challenge, but we know that people-powered movements are the best cure for corruption and iron-fisted governments -- and that international solidarity can help keep the flame of these movements alive. Let’s join together now to show Putin that the world will hold him to account and push for change until Russia is set free. With hope, Luis, David, Alice, Ricken, Lisa, Vilde, and the Avaaz team P.S.: Avaaz ha