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  1. Fisher1

    Getting OUT of England

    My niece lives in London and my sister lives in Stafford. But my sister is in a bubble with her son who lives in Sheffield, and it’s my understanding that people over the age of sixty cannot be in a bubble with two different families? I used my sister as an example of the fact that everything is far from easy in the UK. People are being limited in their movement in all sorts of ways, for instance I have many friends in my home town who are only allowed out to excercise, and no driving allowed. My point was that until we get this virus under control everyone will suffer limitations to some extent.
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    Getting OUT of England

    Regarding your sister in law - things are pretty much the same in the uk for women in the sixty plus age group, who now have to wait until they are sixty six to access their contributory state pension. This means that many women in the Uk (categorized as elderly and vulnerable) have been forced by financial necessity to continue working on the front line in schools and hospitals. So things aren’t that rosy in the UK either. I’ve only been in Australia for three years, and I had planned a trip back this year, which obviously isn’t happening. I am quite homesick at the moment, but do you know what? I thank my lucky stars every day that I’m here in a place with such low infection rates that I can live an almost normal life - especially when I speak to my sister who lives alone and hasn’t seen her daughter for over a year. Fundamental right to a family life? I think we all need to accept things the way they are and get on with our lives as best we can.
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    Getting OUT of England

    Pity they didn’t do that in the first place.
  4. Fisher1

    Getting OUT of England

    Generalisation is seldom wise. I’m a ‘left leaning’ person and I don’t have a particular gripe about anything.
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    Hi Noshee. I got my permanent residence in 2016 then returned to the UK for sixteen months. Haven’t left since. I am currently applying for citizenship - as someone said, they allow you twelve months away in four years. The calculator is good, but I also discovered that if you begin filling in a citizenship application online and you are too early the programme tells you so, tells you when you will be elligibke and shuts you down - so if the programme allows you to apply, you know you’re okay
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    Getting OUT of England

    Dusty plains said he was happy with the current arrangements for leaving Australia. Many people in Australia must feel grateful for the draconian rules that have kept them safe - I know I do - but I’m sure most people would also feel the utmost sympathy for people like you, who are suffering because of those same rules. Thirteen years ago I watched my father die of cancer during a weeks ‘holiday’ from my job outside the UK, knowing that if his death took longer than a week I would have to leave ... so I have some small notion of the grief you must be enduring, particularly with your husband’s ill health to contend with. I hope you can get through this harrowing time and back to Australia with the minimum of further anguish. People do care.
  7. Not sure - I haven’t lived there for a very long time, and was working for the EU when I visited the new look canals ... so I may not have noticed the EU flag since I was so used to seeing it everywhere.
  8. Tell me about it! I shared a flat in Edgbaston in the early seventies (Straight from Wales, wet behind the ears!). The kerb crawlers we had to contend with - even when walking with our boyfriends ... It got better though, it’s all about the neighbourhood you have to live in. I only went to Sparkhill once ... well passed through it one night when I got on the wrong bus. I thought it looked grim. You wouldn’t recognise the canals now, it’s really buzzy there. Birmingham Uni was okay though? I did my degree with the OU and we had to do our exams there ... I thought it looked great.
  9. My sister did medical training in at Manchester Uni, house doc in some really dodgy spots. I can’t remember the names of the hospitals now, but when they had a ten year reunion they had to have it in a hotel in the city centre because they were told the gun risk at their old social place was too high! I think it’s great that they have redone so many city centres - I remember the commonwealth games in Manchester, we’d just come back to live in Wales after twenty odd years in Benelux countries. Birmingham is the same - when we lived there the canal system in the city was all dead cats and old tin cans ... now there are canal side pubs and flower baskets etc etc. very trendy. It’s nice to see.
  10. Yes, it’s always the minority that make things unpleasant for everyone else. Some of the things my dad told me about, years later, would make your hair curl.
  11. Interesting to see how the city has changed. My family moved to North Wales in the sixties when dad retired (they only did 25 years in those days) so I have childhood memories of Old Swan and teenaged memories of Llandudno - what a contrast! I went back to see our old house in 2017 just before the big move to Oz, and was pleasantly surprised by the improvements! Hanging baskets at the door! In my day the only greenery you saw was a few privets. I think the change in the city centre and dock area is amazing. We took dad down to the Albert Dock in the eighties (one of his old beats) and he had to look at the sky line to work out the way back to Lime Street. Liverpool has weathered a lot of storms but has moved with the times, and I still have a soft spot for it.
  12. Yes I’m going to go to M&S online - need my Marks’ knickers! I stocked up when I was in the UK in 2019 but of course our proposed bi- annual visiting plan has hit a bit of a glitch ... people dont seem to do the white trouser thing round here, but I know what you mean!
  13. A few comments from a fashion conscious woman in her sixties (!) the choice of clothes here in Sydney is not good, both styles and quality are a drop from the UK. I’ve been here four years (I came to join my daughter ... something that may be of interest to you in the future is the parent visa) and I haven’t worn my quilted winter jacket once. I find a decent waterproof anorak type thing is fine in Winter on cooler days here. If I were repacking my stuff now I would bring UK hand towels (Aussie hand towels are tiny) my favourite brand of underwear (M&S in my case but each to his own) loads of UK bed linen together with the beds I already owned, and a selection of warm jumpers / cardigans for Winter. I‘d also bring lots of tee shirts for Winter - in summer I find UK tee shirts too warm - and a couple of Light weight long sleeved shirts for wearing In the garden when the mozzies are about. When renting our first property we were asked for proof of income, and had no problem although we did offer six months rent up front in lieu of references. Good luck!
  14. Ah, but my dad was there long before you, and I believe things have got even worse since his day. He joined in the summer of 1939 and policed throughout the Liverpool blitz, with all that implied. Post war he continued in ‘C’ division, known in Liverpool police circles at the time as “the cruel C”. I also think the family’s wishes should have been honoured, but in cases like this they sadly seldom are.
  15. I beg to differ. I believe some people do act heroically while doing their jobs, because they go above and beyond their duty and put other lives before their own. They are rare but they are there and they are an example to all of us. Not sure quite who you are getting at with “happy clappy brigade,” but hey ho, each to his own.