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  1. BathEd

    First thoughts on moving

    Any other suggestions? He's contacted Go Matilda but they said they are so busy they can't take anyone else on!
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    First thoughts on moving

    Thanks, that's good advice. Does anyone have any suggestions for good agents?
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    Living in Australia - What you need to know

    It's probably quite regional, but I found the driving in Australia to be much better than in the UK. To be fair I've only driven in southwest and south central England in the UK and a circuit from Cairns to Port Douglas, Atherton tablelands, Undara, Townsville, Innisfail and back to Cairns in Australia. But, for example I got a bit confused at Ingham and didn't realise the Bruce highway is dual carriageway in the town because the central reservation is wide and full of trees. So I started making a right turn heading north onto what turned out to be the southbound carriageway (oops!) at some traffic lights. I realised I was making a mistake and stopped to correct it. Here there would be furious beeping of horns and a lot of shouting and aggression but the other drivers were very patient and there were no horns etc. Driving within the speed limit (but not excessively slowly) I didn't get any tailgating or overtaking on blind bends as you'd get here. It's probably different in and around Sydney etc.
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    Photos of Queensland

    Here are some of mine from a few years ago, not great photography and you can see I'm a bit nature and wildlife crazy! Flecker Botanic Gardens, Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, Cairns, lipstick palms Flecker Botanic Gardens, Cairns with bush turkey Travellers palm, Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, Cairns, boardwalks Australian pelican Flecker Botanic Gardens, Cairns Australian pelicans at the seashore, Cairns Tree frog in or B&B, Cairns Kuranda Skyrail Couldn't help sniggering at Yorkeys Knob! Port Douglas marina Port Douglas market Port Douglas Flamboyant tree, Port Douglas Licuala ramsayi, symbol of Cairns Regional Council Boyd's forest dragon, Daintree rainforest Daintree rainforest beach Cute church at Yungaburra Lake Eacham Townsville Palmetum Coco de mer, Townsville Palmetum (a real rarity!) Undara Experience
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    First thoughts on moving

    This went onto the back burner for a while but is now on the cards again. Sorry if the questions are basic, but this is only an idea at the moment. So my partner is a web developer, this isn't on the visa list but web programmer is. He doesn't seem to think there is any real difference between the two things, so how would we go about finding out if he qualifies?
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    Mackay, Townsville or Cairns

    I wouldn't be too worried about Cairns being a "tourist trap". I've lived in Cape Town and now live in Bath which are both big tourism destinations and I don't think tourism is much of an issue. Tourists and locals tend to go to different places. I don't have much reason to go into the centre of Bath so tourists don't have much of an impact on me. Tourism in Cairns seemed rather small scale from what I saw of it when I went in September a few years ago from a European point of view. OK there were tourists at the esplanade but it didn't seem to be spoiling the enjoyment of people who appeared to be locals jogging, using the outdoor gym etc.
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    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

    Thanks all for the advice. I do use a daylight lamp and anti-depressants, which help to control it, but they don't make it go away. I love the outdoors, nature, gardening etc... except for almost half the year I don't even feel like going outside most of the time. By the spring my garden that was beautiful in summer is all unkempt and neglected looking. I'm a bit of a weather and climate nerd, so I looked into sunshine hours for Cape Town where I only remember suffering SAD slightly in the winter if there was a cold front that brought quite a few overcast and rainy days in a row, compared with some Australian cities. Cape Town is sunnier for the year (3094 hours) than Melbourne (2363), Sydney (2636), Cairns (2718), Adelaide (2765), Brisbane (2968), Townsville (3080) or Darwin (3092) but not as sunny as Perth (3230). Perhaps more importantly though might be the number of hours in the least sunny month, in which Cape Town (175, June) is sunnier than Melbourne (120, June), Adelaide (138, June), Darwin (162, Feb) or Cairns (174, Feb) but less sunny than Sydney (177, June), Perth (181, June), Brisbane (198, June) or Townsville (204, Feb) At the end of the day they're all pretty similar compared with Bath, UK with 1493 hours for the year and just 38 h in Dec though!
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    First thoughts on moving

    This is true, but do you have any suggestions for how to do it? I've been on holiday to a lot of fantastic places: Cape Town (where I used to live), Lisbon, Rome, Japan etc and had a great time, but never for a moment imagined living in any of them.
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    Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

    Hi all, part of the reason I'm thinking of emigrating is that I suffer badly from seasonal affective disorder. The NHS sums it up pretty well for me (except for the weight gain bit):- ------------------------ Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. SAD is sometimes known as "winter depression" because the symptoms are more apparent and tend to be more severe during the winter.The symptoms often begin in the autumn as the days start getting shorter. They're typically most severe during December, January and February. SAD often improves and disappears in the spring and summer, although it may return each autumn and winter in a repetitive pattern.Symptoms of SAD Symptoms of SAD can include: a persistent low mood a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities irritability feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning craving carbohydrates and gaining weight --------------------------- Does anyone have any experience of this, and did moving to a better climate help significantly? I'm not imagining it would be a magic bullet for all aspects of depression, but maybe it could be part of the solution.
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    First thoughts on moving

    Thanks for the suggestions. I should say we're not really big city people, so though job prospects in bigger cities would be better, we'd rather live elsewhere and we'd rather balance surroundings against wages, within reason. For example I'm only an hour and a half from London by train, but I can't remember the last time I went, except for a work training day. Cairns or Townsville seemed large enough to satisfy any needs, employment permitting. I would also have thought housing would be a lot more affordable, for example I saw a beautifully restored four-bed tropical style house (living area upstairs, garage/storage/utility underneath) with a large garden in a small town (can't remember which) a manageable drive south of Cairns just off the Bruce highway advertised for $280 000. Which is almost exactly the value of our ex-council semi at current exchange rates! I actually love the heat and humidity, I know a lot of people from cold countries struggle with them but I have bad sinus problems and it really helps clear them. Seemed happiest in the rainforest!
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    First thoughts on moving

    Hi and thanks for your helpful reply. Web Developer is on the CSOL and he may count as a Programmer Developer which is on the SOL, so the idea is not a non-starter. Obviously there are a lot of other things to consider like family, finding work their etc so thought it best to make sure it's not non-starter before thinking about those things. Ed
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    First thoughts on moving

    Hi, thanks for your helpful reply. Web Developer is on the CSOL and Developer Programmer (which he may count as) is on the SOL, so it seems it's not a non-starter. This is just an idea at the moment.
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    First thoughts on moving

    Hi all, hope you cangive me a bit of advice even though it's rather general. We visited northernQueensland from the UK recently on holiday, from Cairns up toDaintree, down to the Atherton Tablelands, out into the outback toUndara and down to Townsville, then back up the coast via Innisfailetc to Cairns again. Totally fell in love with far north Queensland,with the tropical lifestyle, scenery, nature, people etc, AlthoughI've lived in the UK for most of my life, I was born in South Africaand I still get very down because of the lack of sunshine in winterand immediately felt at home in a strange way on my visit. Anyway it set me offthinking how much I would like to live there but I know very littleabout the practicalities of it which is what I'd like some adviceabout. I know it's meant to be quite difficult to get into Australiaso I'm wondering if it's something worth looking into/working towards(we're not ready to just up sticks and leave by any means). Basicallyare we being unrealistic or is it worthwhile pursuing? Background is we'reboth British citizens, same-sex couple (not sure what effect thathas) 29 & 34. Both of us have uni degrees, me in EnvironmentalBiology and him in Design for Digital Technology and GraphicalCommunication. I have a little experience working in EcologicalConsultancy and doing science lab work and he has five yearsexperience as a Web Developer. We have about £50 000 equity on ourhouse in the UK.