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  1. Chortlepuss

    Get on that plane!

    Yep! Sunshine Coast knocks spots off Gold Coast IMHO - with Currumundi Lake my favourite - when I’m loaded (ha ha..) I’ll get myself a lovely holiday cottage there....
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    Get on that plane!

    Golly! I think I’m in the minority when I say the Gold Coast beaches are not for me - Caloundra, Currumundi, Noosa, fabulous. Gold Coast hinterland is lovely I think. But much better beach experiences to be had!
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    3 months in the uk

    I’m from the south of England - I love it, I really do. But if I was young with kids and looking for work life balance, I’d go North unless I absolutely had to be based down south for work. In the UK at the moment as a tourist - Newcastle and Leeds have struck me as fabulous places which are liveable with a short commute and relatively manageable house prices/rents. Hear great things about Scotland - even my mate working in Edinburgh commutes to work in half an hour and doesn’t earn a fortune. Yet she’s an hour away on a flight to Gatwick! I’d explore your options closer to home before throwing in the towel. You want to be sure of your decision- ping ponging is jolly expensive!
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    Newcastle upon Tyne

    I’m going to Newcastle next week as a start of a two month touristy break around the UK. Never been and looking forward to it but just checked the weather forecast never mind, i’ll Pack my brolly!
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    Been here a while.

    So funny how experiences differ. Maybe it’s an Interstate thing? I love working for British bosses here when I get the chance (contract IT). They are so much clearer on expectations and honest in their conversations than Aussies with their tendency to passive aggression and bullying... QLD winters waaay better than UK winters - but QLD summers? Much nicer to be out and about in UK then cooped up in the Air-con. Weather in Brisbane now just perfect however! I’ve found Aussie males way ahead of British in the boasting stakes - I’m constantly reminded by my management consultant colleagues how fabulous and talented they are and how much they know about everything. They seem to be frightened of their Aussie women (one male colleague said he was ‘pussy whipped!’) I do admire the way that Australians celebrate success though, and their optimism even when punching above their weight.. Just my experiences though - I’m sure it’s different for everyone
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    Bacon, sausages and chocolate

    Living in a big Australian city will give you plenty of opportunities to buy decent meat - in Brisbane, my local organic butcher sells lovely bacon without all the nitrites and horrible dyes. Pretty excellent sausages too - all sourced from free range animals. I rarely eat meat, so buy good quality when I do - I won’t eat Danish bacon or non free range meat here or in the UK. Quality over quantity every time. I’ve no doubt there are many decent butchers in Sydney and Melbourne also - just avoid the crappy meat in the major supermarkets.
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    Brisbane here we come!

    You’ll hear many views about the best place to live and people arguing about the benefits of North of the river or South. Staying central and exploring once you get here is a good move - a lot of rentals near new farm and a great place to be based to explore. Advice I was given prior to coming here was live close to work and commute to beach etc at weekends and holidays. Great advice, as although distances can look small, driving is horrendous with rush hour starting about 6:30 am. Public transport (train, busway, citycat) the only way to get to work in the city unless you want to sit in traffic and pay some of the highest parking charges in the World! So many nice places to live but very quiet as you go further out with little to do bar a few early closing restaurants - people in Brisbane get up super early (gym classes start at 5am) and go to bed early (9pm not unusual) to take advantage of the climate (stinking hot by 9am for much of the year). Good luck with your move!
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    A few questions and a little background :)

    It’s difficult when you move back to build your credit rating up. When I moved back (for 16 months) I had to apply for one of those dodgy credit cards for high risk people! It had a horrendous interest rate but I put what I could on it, making sure it was paid off each month. My bank (been with them over 30 years) wouldn’t give me a low balance credit card despite me having lots of cash in my account. Good luck with your move home!
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    Transit through Singapore with controlled drugs

    Thanks everyone yes - think we will travel with it all in hand luggage - hopefully won’t be too much questioning as he gets stressed easily. Don’t fancy having to replace his meds in UK if luggage lost!
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    Last minute nerves and stress

    I'd say it's pretty normal - I was ready to turn back at Singapore when a cock up with hubby's visa app looked like Australia might not let him in! A very daunting and brave thing to do, and whilst many people dream of migrating, not everyone has the gumption to do it - would be strange if you weren't a little stressed
  11. Hi - Has anyone experience of transiting Singapore Airport with controlled drugs? We are heading back to UK from Australia for a holiday and will be stopping at Singapore - my son is on some pretty heavy medication due to bipolar/ADHD - some of which is not allowed into Singapore without permission. We are not leaving the airport and will get Dr's letter and ensure all medication is labelled - anything else we should be wary of? Many thanks for any advice
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    Moving to London from Brisbane

    I must admit, I’d be tempted by Amsterdam over London - sounds like a fabulous opportunity to live in a thriving EU city with relatives a short flight away. I think London living is like Sydney - fine if you’re really loaded but who wants to commute?
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    UK holiday- recommendations!

    Thanks VS - we are staying with my sis who lives next to the Fairy Dell - and have a trip to Whitby by train over the moors planned!
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    UK holiday- recommendations!

    Off to UK in August for two months! I’m going to be a proper tourist & visit places I haven’t been before that I’ve always wanted to get to. If you’ve got hints & tips on things not to miss in the following places (preferably accessible by public transport) please let me know! I like Nature, Gardens, Walking, Art, Comedy, Theatre, Pubs, Music (esp Folk), train trips & great food (I’m not very rich though). Love veggie/vegan food! Thanks for any suggestions! Stops include.... Newcastle Middlesbrough Leeds Oxford Bristol Cheers for suggestions! Caro
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    1 month+ Recon in the UK - where to check out?

    We’re hoping to retire in the UK and I fancied Stroud- house prices still OK - it’s not glamorous so doesn’t attract the London commuters so much, is near fabulous countryside and (for me anyhow) has an arts/craft vibe. I’m from SE UK (near Brighton) but want a change - plus it’s too expensive there now.