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  1. This is interesting, remote working or indeed most recent generation work can be remote, i..e you should not need to be in the office 5 days a week to use your knowhow and expertise ( to be fair, easy to say with 25+ years experience - I agree a lot harder for someone just starting out) The pre-requisite of course is a mature and capable comms network (aka NBN) and a mature and visionary company/leader that trusts its workers to behave professionally and work remotely I think certain parts of australia (i.e. adelaide) has some way to travel on both these counts.
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    Adelaide v Gold Coast

    If you like cycling you are probably in one of the best places in Australia. I haven't ever seen so many cyclists in one city and somewhere so well though out for cyclists. I'm not sure if you are a cyclist because whilst adelaide looks like a bike friendly city on the surface in reality it has some distance to travel, I spent 9 or so years in Sydney and just under 3 in adelaide , cycled to work consistently for 8 of them and was in an Sydney inner west cycling club, southern highlands and hawkesbury (arkuna), Tour de Bright in Victorian highlands is an exceptional climbing comparable to a category 2 or 3 french climb. Adelaide ? Hills , after that nothing and that's it, the city is flat and bike lanes are in place to segregate casual cyclists from traffic, why ? ignorance and road rage ? I've never seen more road rage in adelaide in my time as a cyclist, the drivers are simply the worst in the country (maybe gold coast ?) , Clubs ? Clubs in adelaide are a social strata thing and not a cycling club, that is, they exist for say a bunch of work colleagues at a management consultancy firm who all ride 10K pinarello's and drink late's after an easy 50km local hills ride, contrast that with some clubs in western sydney and you'll get a much richer demographic and a 130km ride on a weekend is norm. Tour down Under, ? SA's desperate chance to try and keep it on the map, everyone in the cycling industry knows Victoria has better routes, better climate and better scenery, yet politically the TDF is stuck in adelaide.
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    Adelaide v Gold Coast

    30 year is being kind tbf i'd say more like 130 lol . and the most progressive people I worked with in adelayed were the judiciary ... not kidding yup, SE UK, London, East Sussex tbh there are still nepotism/cronyism/ issues everywhere but they are easily avoided and have less influence in a global gateway city/larger market and if you are close to the top of your game or your kids have ambition then a small minded parochial town anywhere is not the place for your family.
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    Adelaide v Gold Coast

    restrictive opportunities for the kids, is exactly the reason we left adelaide, but in essence it's too parochial, very small minded and restrictive, very thin labour market and nepotistic/Cronyism barriers to entry , general mediocrity in the main, massive resistance to change from incumbent employees who underperform at an astonishing level, quite an alarming youth (and professionals) exodus from the state which then exacerbates the lack of creativity and change appetite. as some people are fond of saying about adelaide "its not what you know, its who you know" and this sums the place up, similar to many small and remote places I guess, it's very common for secret and the old "commercial in confidence" deals done by local councils and the state government, infact they became a laughing stock about it, in short we found it unsuitable for our family. Plenty comments on adelaide about its a great place to retire, to be honest, given the recent care home scandals I doubt even that.
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    Adelaide v Gold Coast

    we relocated to Adelaide from Sydney, it did not work out. 10 years in SYD then 3.5 in Adelaide, could not wait to get out of the place.
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    Adelaide v Gold Coast

    gold coast.....
  7. I think 2 years savings is a wise decision, but an expensive drop for what could prove to be a most ineffective use of your funds ? The step back you speak of is more than 2 years, that's best case scenario and a minimum, 2 years is simply the visa requirement and has nothing to do with career, if you are an accomplished IT professional, you may find that your "step back" is considerably larger than 2 years, then again it might be that you thrive, it's something of a lottery to be fair, but with higher stakes. At least you don't have family, please tell me you're not gambling on adelaide with your family ?
  8. if you are going to be economically distressed, then move.
  9. Infact , prospects are likely to be worse, a new government was returned this year and they are busy clearing out the 16 years mediocrity of the last administration who have steered SA and Adelaide into an economic corner. over 5000 public servants to get he chop as a result. Adelaide is a public sector town, over 12% of the population is directly employed by the government, and another substantial percentage indirectly, which means over a the decades, the same people, same families and same groups of people attain control of certain functions, barring any newcomers. Adelaide has a reputation for nepotism, cronyism and mediocrity, and being somewhat backward, this is a well earned reputation and it's largely true. Jobs are certainly not plentiful, which is a rather general remark to make, I'd say good jobs with prospects are very scarce, low level jobs with limited prospects are common, it is also very common for people at good level of experience and competency to take a minor role reporting to someone who's a fraction of their experience in the hope that they'll be rewarded and or promoted - this does not always work : see above
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    UK economy slowing.

    I think Brexit is primarily an economic impact and an impact to people who are in thin markets with lesser options, therefore it does not make sense for car workers (for example) to vote for brexit and then accept the economic risk that follows, it's simply unfair. by and large, there is significant cad-ism by Farage and Bojo to better their own political agendas, at the expense of the people who voted for their "ideal", it looks and smells misleading and it is becoming rather obvious that it is. The NHS takes a schlocking each and every day from the media with a bias, yet hundreds and thousands of people are treated each day, brexit caused an overall funding (forecast) crisis at the home office and they are now preparing for the worst trying to cut costs in advance of delivering the services, same across many departments who now have to begin to reduce costs. Yet the NHS is a superb and fantastic institution , delivering care far in excess of any other public system on the planet. Fear plays a lot in this, ISIS is driving cars into people and killing innocent civilians, yes, and that is appalling, the terror attacks in London are a disgrace, but to suggest that ISIS has any capability to effect any of their goals in the UK or any other european country is to give them far more importance than they actually are, they are infact a nuisance when compared to the likes of the IRA or similar organisations that did far more damage. So we need to stop villifying migrants with an ISIS tag and stop this anti-muslim rhetoric as it simply is not true and not real. Right wing policies are a product of inexperience and desperation, and often short lived, Hungary is making it illegal to help migrants, yet many (and I have hungarian friends) people say its simply un enforceable in hungary, Poland is trying to undermine the judiciary, this is common stuff, the NSW AG disliked the current Chief justice when I was there it was an open secret. The big diplomatic winner in all this distracting schnozzle, that he US and Britain and Russia seem to be handwringing is actually china, and when she gets the idea that she wants to say build a base 50Km off the coast of australia, who is actually going to stop her ? I simply don't think brexit as an executable program is possible without significant changes that diminish the whole point. My tip ? start a Brexit consultancy and sell shovels, snow shoes and pans to the gold diggers on the way up the klondike.
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    UK economy slowing.

    UK Economy could come to an almost complete stop and still be 100% faster than South Australia. The sheer volume and momentum of the UK market is astonishing, yes Brexit is a shambles but presents amazing opportunity for us, but by and large, its very vibrant here, way more than adelayed or safe-astral-leeya.
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    Autism and Special Education Needs

    We returned with a 11 year old high functioning aspergers, bar the usual county council compliant documents, the services here in East Sussex/Kent are pretty good, although it must be mentioned we have light requirements. What snifter says about needs referral and high levels of support particularly in primary schools is a challenge as the size of the school (cohort sizes) dictates the capability and capacity to engage SEN's. (assistants) Visit to the local GP and paedriatric specialist who will provide assistance and will have knowledge regarding the best schools and or facilities, our GP turned out to have an aspire child at the same school as our boy attends, and the same GP's wife was on the board, so we benefited from her previous efforts and a fantastic pastoral and student wellbeing capability at the school. Just this week we visited a school for our last child who is moving up from primary , and this school was combined with another much smaller special needs school but the regard and compassion for the care of the vulnerable was evident. Sadly we saw none of this in Adelaide, our experience here as LKC mentioned, is far far better than in South Australia
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    UK economy slowing.

    I think Land Rover have to do that, no future in diesel so best tactic is to offload it to slovakia, electric and hybrid models are the key to the future, I understand initial job loss, but future more employment, the trick will be how quickly they can convert the production line, I would suggest there will be much VS in the short term. Yes, Brexit is an absolute shambles, where we work in and around the city, GPDR, Brexit and Mifid including the multitude of euro based disengagement and cost saving programs, never been busier - quite a lot of work, but also quite a lot of frogs to kiss too , but you are correct there is an underlying uncertainty and that's not ideal.
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    Kaufland First Australia Store coming to Adelaide

    hope you like midden-europa pork products ?
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    How to watch UK Sport in Australia

    get a VPN, and then http://cricfree.sc/sky-sports-main-event-live-stream all good ?
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