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    Is AFL in other states as fanatical as Victoria?

    Ah thanks, didn't know that, but makes a lot of sense! ?
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    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
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    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!!
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    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.
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    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!!
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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    No entry/exit stamp - Autralian PR first entry

    Check Vevo https://www.border.gov.au/Busi/visas-and-migration/visa-entitlement-verification-online-(vevo) see button on the right of the page ' Check your own visa details with VEVO'.
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    Photos from your garden

    What is this one, from @Tink's post? So beautiful and exotic looking!
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    Shipping Question

    We when packed up, boxes were marked in general terms: ie, crockery and cutlery Clothing, shoes and bags Books Paperwork etc. And we put all wooden items in one box and marked accordingly.
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    Extreme breeding in horses

    That's a lovely looking horse, but features are just too exaggerated / comic book looking to be natural. A bit like the Jessica Rabbit version of being a woman. Really don't know where this designer breeding is going to end up. Saw a Facebook thing going around the other day, of a Pomeranian crossed with a husky type dog. Very cute (which is the intention) but can only begin to imagine the health / physical issues. Just did a google and found this. Pretty horrifying http://orrionfarms.com/our-horses/el-rey-magnum-rcf
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    I always think of them as being apartments but with your own front door I lived in one (modern build) and it was really nice, but as I was upstairs, no garden or outside space of my own. Also watch out for 'cluster homes'. A bit of an outdated term but is basically two sets of semi-detached houses, back to back (ie, a 'cluster' of four). Usually only one or two bedrooms though.
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    Help with suburbs pls?

    it's around 35-40km from Narrabeen to Olympic Park. Add that to the Sydney traffic, and personally I'd give it a miss! Unless you are going to be at the beach every day or have reason to be near it, it would probably be worth your while (and your wife's sanity) to move closer to her work.
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    Do Feminists need to get over themselves?

    I agree! It's less about being a 'feminist' and more about people being vocal on the internet I think and express their opinions because they can. Not worth spending the time / energy on! I would love to have my sandwiches made for me, but damn, if I can't be bothered to do it myself, there's no reason anyone else should bother. I shell out 10 bucks per day instead
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    Labelling within a Movecube

    The link that @Cerberus1 posted above is really helpful and will answer your question!
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    Labelling within a Movecube

    Not sure on TVs to be honest. We didn't bring ours as it was pretty old and not worth the hassle. I assume a UK TV would work in Aus, but would check elsewhere first!
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    Labelling within a Movecube

    We packed monitors in their original boxes - and no harm came to any of them. Or just find a box of a similar size and pack/pad it well.
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    Did it help ...

    I'm with everyone else. I had it in my mind that we wouldn't stay in Australia in definitely, but saying that, we won't necessarily return to the UK either - depending on what Brexit throws up in terms of residency in other EU countries etc. I am more of an 'organic' suck it and see type person. Have never been a great one for life's plans, despite being a naturally organised person, and my OH is even more far removed from any kind of planning
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    Creepy Crawlies?

    We live in a modern apartment block in North shore Sydney, well away from the water. Have had two huntsmen in the bedroom (both times) and that's all the spider activity we've had in nearly two years. Regarding cochroaches, we get maybe a few a month in the summer. I assume as the infrastructure of our block gets older, we'll see more of them. The strata company sprays / bombs fairly regularly, and when my OH bombs the apartment, he'll coincide it with the communal bombing. Also we are very mindful of keeping open packets in the pantry, in tins / sealed containers and keeping the kitchen and floors clear of crumbs etc.
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    Commonwealth or Westpac?

    I''m personally a CBA customer and I really like their app! I use the account to make overseas transactions, but have never transferred money in from GBP - as I like to keep my pounds in my UK a/c.
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    dental insurance

    i just Googled 'dental insurance' and a few came up off the bat: NIB, HIF, Medibank etc. HIF appears to cover treatment with any dentist: https://www.hif.com.au/help/dental-cover/which-dentists-can-i-use-with-hif.aspx
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    3 Days in London

    if you want something local, pay a visit to the William Morris House/Gallery in Walthamstow. or have a walk around Canary Wharf, down to Mudchute via the park, and through the foot tunnel to Greenwich. Lots of places for a drink or lunch etc on the other side.
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    We are home!

    Yes agree. Or maybe there is less traffic because people actually walk or cycle or use public transport, rather than just hopping in the car to go 2 mins down the road and back again.