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  1. Marisawright

    Does dating get harder the older you get?

    No more a minefield than meeting a stranger in a pub really
  2. Of course. How did you think the Australians learned to make good coffee? From all the Italians who flooded into Sydney and Melbourne after WWII. Nobody’s pretending otherwise
  3. Marisawright

    Does dating get harder the older you get?

    Statistically, it would be very very surprising if they hadn't. Out of the 50 million people who use the app, there's bound to be some bad apples. Woman get date-raped and murdered even with ordinary dates. It makes bigger news because the couple met online, but AFAIK the percentage isn't any worse than in real life.
  4. Not quite: an espresso IS a single shot. A long black,which is what you're describing, is called an Americano on the Continent - it's a single or (more usually) double espresso shot topped up with hot water. When we were in the UK, I noticed some cafés selling "Americano" coffee, but it was filter coffee, that horrible stuff that sits on the hotplate for hours. So I am now cautious when I see that description.
  5. Firstly, if you mean it's made using an eSpresso machine, then you're right. All Australian coffee is made that way. However, most Australians don't drink "an espresso" . We call that "short black" here. If Australians drink it black, they have a "long black" - a single or double shot of espresso topped up with hot water . The other popular drink is a caffe latte which is a single or double shot of espresso topped up with hot milk. In the country, cappuccinos are more popular. And it's not usually bitter, because the good cafes use Arabica beans, freshly roasted and not adulterated.
  6. Marisawright

    Does dating get harder the older you get?

    In actual fact, the nasty people on internet dating sites are no different from the ones you might meet in person - you can still be raped by someone you met at a party (just ask that parliamentary staffer), and there are real-life conmen (and women) who dupe vulnerable, lonely people out of their savings by pretending to love them. The big difference is that online, people can hide behind a fake profile. So the conman doesn't have to be a gorgeous hunk, he just has to have a gorgeous picture. And he can get away with lies on the page, whereas if you met him in person, his body language might give him away (we might not know why, but our alarm bells would go off). Even with two genuine people, it's easy to build up a completely unrealistic,starry-eyed picture of someone if all you're doing is emailing each other. It's human nature. Then when you finally decide to meet, you discover you've been wasting your time because they're nothing like you imagined. That's why I say if you're going to look for someone online, refuse to get into long email exchanges. One, that's what the scammers are counting on and two, it's not the best strategy even for the genuine candidates.
  7. Marisawright

    Does dating get harder the older you get?

    The Tinder fraternity makes me shudder, too. There are other online sites which cater for normal people who are looking for more than just a quick sh@g. Let's face it, there's a legion of baby boomers out there who have lost partners and would like another genuine relationship. It's a big market, of course someone is going to cater for it.
  8. Marisawright

    reciprocal medicare

    @Marlene, just be sure you are aware of the other downsides of living on a bridging visa. You'll be in a kind of limbo, not a full Australian resident, but not a full British resident any more either (being a British citizen means you can always enter the UK, but as a non-resident, you've lost most of your rights there, including access to the NHS). If you want to buy a home in Australia, you will have to apply for permission to the FIRB (for a fee, of course!). Once approved, you will have to pay a surcharge on the purchase. On a $400,000 property, the surcharge would be about $30,000. That's on top of stamp duty. Every time you want to leave Australia (e.g. to go on holiday or visit friends in the UK), you'll have to apply for a BVB (for a fee, each time!), and wait for approval before you go. If you leave Australia without a valid BVB, you won't be allowed to re-enter, even if your home is here. If you're waiting for a Contributory visa, there will come a point where you'll need to undergo a medical, probably in about 10 years' time. If you fail that, your visa will be refused and you may have to return to the UK and start again from scratch. For that reason, you may want to consider keeping your British home and renting it out, so at least you have something to return to. If you are waiting for the non-contributory visa, the good news is that you'll be gone before you reach the medical. However there's still a risk: the government wants to get rid of the 804 visa. It has tried once already but couldn't get it through parliament. If it tries again and succeeds, then your bridging visa would become invaid as there's no visa to bridge to.
  9. Marisawright

    PR expired 4 yrs ago and Partner Visa Question

    Hire yourself a good agent to handle this for you. Try Suncoast Migration or Go Matilda. They will be able to advise your best pathway. I am fairly sure you will need to get your RRV first, before you can do anything. But that is certainly not guaranteed.
  10. Marisawright

    Does dating get harder the older you get?

    Ah, the fact that you haven't actually bought it, makes a world of difference
  11. Marisawright

    Does dating get harder the older you get?

    What an ugly-looking car. Any man who drove that kind of car on normal roads wouldn't get my vote.
  12. Marisawright

    Does dating get harder the older you get?

    That's fine if you get invited to dinner parties and gatherings where there are unattached men. The problem, as an older woman, is that you rarely do. So If you're just going to rely on the small handful of such events you get to each year, your chances of finding someone are very small. That's one of the big problems with online dating - people think you're supposed to correspond a bit first, before deciding whether to meet. Totally the wrong approach, because it plays into the hands of the scammers. The safest approach is, if you like the look of someone, arrange to meet immediately, in a busy public place, for coffee. Only the genuine ones will agree. Meeting for a quick coffee, you don't need the quick getaway strategy or the backup buddy. If you don't like them, at least it got you out of the house.
  13. Marisawright

    Moving back to UK for A levels

    My sister put her kids through the Baccalaureate and wouldn't recommend it. The problem is not so much the curriculum, as the social aspects. Most of the children who do the Bacc are children of diplomats and high-flying corporate expats. As a result, the boys have friends scattered all over the world now - which is nice in a way, but they have few friends locally. Most kids at the local school will have one or two mates they'll move on to university with - not her boys. Also, of course, it's not easy to keep up with schoolmates who throw their birthday parties at the Consulate or jet off to the Riviera every summer. By coincidence, one of my exes did the Baccalaureat in New Zealand. He found that Australian and New Zealand employers had no idea what it was (whereas they understood A levels).
  14. Marisawright

    reciprocal medicare

    We need @ramot to drop in and share her experience of living in Australia on a visa that didn't have Medicare and how the insurance works. She also knows people in her community who do rely on reciprocal Medicare and has previously shared how that is working for them. As far as I know, there is only one type of health insurance available to the OP (other than travel insurance), which is one designed for temporary visa holders - so other than comparing prices from one provider to another, there isn't a choice of what cover they can get. I find the deal with blood tests etc. very strange. I've always gone to a bulk-billing GP, until I moved to Melbourne and decided to go to a GP near my home, who doesn't bulk bill. She referred me for some blood tests and I was astonished to receive a bill from the pathology lab. I was told the rule is that if the doctor bulk bills, then all the tests are bulk-billed too; whereas if the doctor doesn't bulk bill, the tests are done on the private system and I have to pay. So as well as the $80 extra I pay the doctor, there's a domino effect.
  15. Marisawright

    reciprocal medicare

    If you hold expired PR visas, have you looked into whether you can get a RRV (Resident Return Visa)? It's always worth investigating, even if you don't meet the residency requirements. The Immigration Department can offer a RRV without the residency requirements, if you can demonstrate strong ties to Australia. I'd have thought having Australian citizen children would count as "strong ties". It would be worth booking a consultation with a good migration agent to double-check all your options. Try Suncoast Migration or Go Matilda.