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Fisher1 last won the day on October 14 2018

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  1. Fisher1

    Is the form 80 the last form? In Hell

    It was the last form we were asked for before issue of a 143 (parents) visa. We had to get a Belgian police check as well as a UK one - you need one for every country you have lived in during the ten years preceding the request for police clearance. We actually found the Belgian clearance simpler and cheaper to obtain even though it had to be translated from French by an immi approved translator. Just find out what you will need to provide (ID, photographs etc) ahead of time so you’ll be able to do it quickly when the time comes. Good luck.
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    Suddenly feeling homesick

    I was being ironic
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    Suddenly feeling homesick

    Oh I don’t know, I’ve seen some episodes where they have shown really nasty little houses ... right before they show the really nice one that’s just about affordable, what with the higher wage they’re going to earn, especially if there are two adults who might work - in between spending more time with their families - on the beach ...
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    This Extinction Rebelion Mob?

    During the past three years I have been infuriated by the many posts on social media referring to “baby boomers” and making wild claims about what “they” (the baby boomers) do / think / say. You are doing exactly the same thing here - referring to “young people” and then telling us what “they” always do / think / say. Yes, every age group has well known traits, that’s where stereotypes come from - but people are still individuals and it is not possible to discuss any serious issue (if you expect to be taken seriously) by means of stereotypes. Climate change is a growing problem, we all know that. People are dying because of poor air quality. The oceans are becoming choked with rubbish. We all need to pull together on this, whatever age we are - and if it takes a sixteen year old in plaits to make us all sit up and take notice then good on her.
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    This Extinction Rebelion Mob?

    I saw that photograph and it was ambiguous. There was a neat and tidy pile of rubbish some way from where the protesters were sitting. When I saw it I assumed that they had tidied the rubbish lying in the street and left it in a neat pile to illustrate the point that improving the environment can begin with small things like cleaning up your own trash. These people are not fools, and they are unlikely to have been stupid enough to have left a neat pile of their own rubbish right next to their protest, even had they wanted to - which I doubt.
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    Moved back to the UK and now depressed

    Haha found a bit on you tube...
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    Moved back to the UK and now depressed

    When I saw it I would have bet money on never even visiting Australia, let alone moving here to live - funny how things turn out sometimes. I’d love to see it again from this angle
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    Moved back to the UK and now depressed

    Given the discussion about the merits of Melbourne vs Liverpool and the difficulties of settling into a new place, can I go off topic here and ask if anyone remembers a tv series with Tim Healey back in the eighties called “Boys from the Bush”? It dealt with Aussie/UK differences in a very funny way and I would love to watch some of it again now that I have ended up in Australia, but unlike many other series I’ve never seen or heard of it again. Just curious.
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    Moved back to the UK and now depressed

    I honestly believe that the place is only part of feeling content and happy. You can be happy anywhere, but if you are missing another place, it’s hard. I’ve done the homesick thing and it really hurts, I know. I’ve actually lain in bed in the morning with my eyes shut tight (aged twelve) and pretended I was in bed in my previous bedroom. I’ve moved as an adult and felt totally displaced and unhappy just two hours travel from my former home. Believe me it does pass ... it depends on how happy your life is apart from the move. I found Australia tricky at first, being SO far from everything I had before, but I was so happy to be near my daughter, the rest just slotted into place. Have faith, you’ll get your head round it if everything else fits. Good luck with it all.
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    Moved back to the UK and now depressed

    Nobody wants to be a "when I" but I find most Australians I've met have been quite interested to know why I moved and where I came from. I'm glad to report that nobody seems to have their world unduly shaken by my revelations about the fleshpots of Llandudno. As for thinking that your home town is the best thing since sliced bread, even when it clearly isn't ... I tend to find that you get out of a place what you are prepared to put in, and that some people can live happy lives just about anywhere. Good on them.
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    Question about tax returns to be filed

    Dont know but I guess not. I was simply saying it pays to get help and Alan Colllet is good for the Australian side of things.
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    Question about tax returns to be filed

    Hi I can’t comment on the USA but arrived from UK 5 months into the UK tax year and two months into the Aus tax year, 18 months ago. Because of the dual taxation agreement between UK and Aus (is there one between US and Aus?) that means we can’t be charged tax in both places at once, we had to file returns in both countries. We had to find an accountant because we couldn’t manage the Australian tax form. I can highly recommend Alan Collet who posts on here for Australian tax forms. He did both the UK and the Aus forms for us in the end and saved us an awful lot of money.
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    How often did you see family once immigrated?

    Keswick is a lovely little town.
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    Moved back to the UK and now depressed

    To be fair to the bug family, it was Can1983 that began the criticism. I found Can1983 offensive because Liverpool was my original home town and I spent my first twelve years there. I try to ignore posters who rubbish my home city, or the city I lived in for many years (Birmingham) - but I understand why some feel the need to make a strong retort. Particularly if some sort of snobbery seems to be at play.
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    Moved back to the UK and now depressed

    I'll never understand why some people need to big up one place by criticising another. Everywhere is different and there are always things you don't like. Scratch the surface though, and most places have pure gold somewhere. Even Holyhead.