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About vickyplum

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  1. Form 40SP - Immiaccount

    I got most of my European travel details from the date stamp on photos! That and diary entries etc.
  2. Form 40SP - Immiaccount

    I didn't think the 40SP asked for any of the countries visited, just where the sponsor has lived in the past 10 years. The 47SP (applicant) does ask for the countries visited.
  3. Emirates/ dubai airport

    I had a 1hr 5min transfer time when I last went through Dubai (on Emirates flight booked via Qantas), which was originally a longer time period but the onward flight was moved to an earlier time. I was in business class and flagged to the cabin staff that I had a short transfer time, so they put me and a few others into the first cabin, just before landing, so we could be shoved off ahead of everyone else. The flight landed late so I was in a bit of a flap by this point... had to go through security and the staff there were not amazingly receptive to me and another woman who were saying we needed to rush, etc. And of course I got pulled over for a frisking. Luckily the next gate was only around the corner and we made it with plenty of time. But with no thanks to the staff onboard or the airside staff, which I found particularly bloody annoying, given the short transfer was not of my own making, and most airports are set up for short turnarounds and are often waiting for passengers with a short transfer window.
  4. @torn, you say: 'We are thinking of moving to Melbourne, but I my daughter has bad eczema and I am not sure the longer, darker winters will do her any good and it doesn't help with my heat issues. If you are thinking of moving to the UK (job, visa etc aside) you should go in December / Jan / Feb and you will soon find that Melbourne winters are a walk in the park in comparison! Freezing wind blowing in your face, getting dark before 4pm... I get you don't like the intense heat, but UK will also provide you with long cold and dark I love the Sydney winters and would very happily live somewhere with that climate all year round, but that magic egg hasn't hatched yet!
  5. Taking Credit card statements to Auz

    I applied for a credit card with CBA - no problem. I think this was after a few months of working, therefore having regular payments going in bank a/c. No evidence from UK was required.
  6. Have we made a mistake of returning to the uk?!

    @Pura Vida Chimpanzees in the Tetley adverts. Think they stopped being used in ads during the early 2000s
  7. Is AFL in other states as fanatical as Victoria?

    Ah thanks, didn't know that, but makes a lot of sense! 😀
  8. Is AFL in other states as fanatical as Victoria?

    I know it's not the same sport but there are 20 EPL teams and they manage to play each twice, plus finals etc etc. not that I am interested in AFL or EPL I should point out
  9. what is dental checkup cost

    Yes I find that too... and the price is never mentioned until you're finished and front desk give you the bill!!
  10. what is dental checkup cost

    I went to the dentist earlier this week, and the charges (Gordon, upper north shore Sydney) were: Examation $65 X-rays (2) $88 Scale & Polish $118 We have full hospital cover on BUPA but not dental.
  11. Coat hangers!

    Kmart do a pack of six wooden hangers for five bucks. I've got a mix of those and the plastic ones like The Pom Queen has posted. Really nothing to be at all concerned about!!
  12. Christmas Gifts

    I find Aus is not too great for internet shopping. There's David Jones and Myer. There are a few beauty type websites such as Adore, and also ASOS / The Iconic for clothing, shoes, accessories etc. I always send my parents something from a UK based website, and they are always very kind and deposit some cash into my UK bank account, by way of a gift. That way I get to spend some pounds when required, and my bank account stays active!
  13. Cost of living vs wages in Sydney

    Sydney is a huge sprawling area. Assuming you've got an idea of what you may be earning, use www.domain.com.au or https://www.realestate.com.au/ to look at costs in different suburbs. Do you want 1 bed, 2 bed. inner city, outer suburbss? Near a train line or near a particularly road / route? Beach side, harbour side? In the bush? Part of our decision on where to live, was to be near a train line and good public transport - we didn't want to be reliant on a car to do every single thing, although I know it doesn't bother most people. We also wanted to be near-ish to relatives - so ended up in the next suburb up from them. Makes the commute to the CBD, North Syd, Macquarie Park very easy, so not too concerned about work location at long as it's relatively sensibly located.
  14. Why are they slugging the poor?

    The Mayor of London (Sadiq Khan) is the one who wants to bring in the extra charge of 10 GBP on top of the existing 10 GBP congestion charge, and he is a member of the Labour Party I personally wouldn't say that having a car older than 10 yrs, means the owner is poor. Maybe they just have other priorities which exclude upgrading their car at frequent intervals., or it's just not a big deal for them.
  15. How long left on passport

    why don't you apply now with the new name and pay the extra for the express processing time? if you don't think you'll get it back in time with standard processing.