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    What are you listening to ?

    Scott Walker died today. Used to really like listening to the Walker Brothers music in the 60's.
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    Aussie weather

    Just heard on the radio that there is a storm forecast for north east NSW and south east Qld. Very windy and hailstones ...................... and probably heavy rain.
  3. Cycling in the Cairngorms, Scotland last week.
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    Three snakes in three days

    Both looking very relaxed together. Great pic.
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    Three snakes in three days

    I have a fear of snakes *shudder* but I think I could get quite fond of your Brian.
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    The weather in Tasmania today

    A big change in our weather overnight here on the north west coast of Tassie. A massive thunderstorm during the night with torrential rain. Apparently there were over 40,000 lightning strikes over Tasmania. This morning there are gale force winds off the Bass Strait and it's showery interspersed with sunshine. 14C
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    Medical Check - Dyslexia

    In that case our son was very lucky. He went to a primary and secondary school in North Ryde (Sydney) close to Macquarie Uni. The students attending the Department of Educational Studies at the Uni helped out at his schools with children with dyslexia. I'm also dyslexic and there was no help at all when I was at school. I left school a couple of weeks after my 15th birthday. His support at uni was as you say Quoll - extra time to read the exam paper. The exam papers and writing booklets were printed on green paper which helped a lot. When doing the graduate conversion and post grad he could use a PC. All helped a great deal.
  8. My sister and I have just been reading the local paper online (where we were brought up and went to school) and were amazed to read an article about our old school music teacher. She has just had her 108th birthday. We thought she was ancient then and that was a long time ago. Apparently she has never had a serious health disorder and is still very sharp. Marvellous really. We are now reminiscing about our school days.
  9. We have had a fair bit of most welcome rain and our resident Mr and Mrs Blackbird are loving it and are singing there little hearts out.
  10. Hope all is well with you after that Simmo.
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    Aussie weather

    It's just finished raining really heavily here in Devonport.
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    Moving Back to the UK from Australia - Positive Stories

    Good to know your husband is feeling better Ramot! As far as friends go, I'd never given it a thought until I read that folk on this forum had trouble making friends. I am still in constant contact with friends I've had since school days then my teens. Still in contact with a few people I made friends with in the different countries I worked in except for Switzerland - unfriendly lot they are. I didn't make any friends during the year I worked in London - could be because I met my OH there and also my sister was living in London so never felt the need for other friendships. Made very good friends the years I lived in the Liverpool area and when we move to Australia I made a few very good friends and many not so close. Now in Tassie and find most people friendly though the good friends I've made are also migrants from the mainland - one originally from Germany ex Sydney and one originally from Holland ex Sydney and a couple originally from the UK who settled in Qld for decades then moved here.
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    Medical Check - Dyslexia

    My second son is dyslexic though not severely so. It was diagnosed when he was 5 years old. He had lots of support during his primary and secondary education and also during uni and then during post grad studies. He must have been one of the lucky ones. Of course dyslexia is recognised in Australia. Did you study here or was my son and one of his mates just lucky to have the support they received?
  14. Very sorry to hear that Ramot. Let us know how your husband is getting on. xx
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    Australia after 8 years - the good, bad & the ugly!

    M&S did do - probably still do - nice ready meals but honestly it doesn't take much effort to whip up an omelette and make a salad when you're pushed for time. Even good old beans on cheese on toast would suffice if you are rushed.
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    Property Downturn- has it affected you?

    When we lived in Mullaloo, Ocean Reef was practically the end of the road and you took a packed lunch if you ventured up to Yanchep. Big changes since then.
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    Australia after 8 years - the good, bad & the ugly!

    Even the French who at one time would never eat a ready meal are doing so nowadays. They used to eat so well when I lived there. To make up for eating ready meals they are into vitamin supplements big time.
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    Return to the UK... Omg

    I think you said you only had 77 days 'til you leave. Not long to go now Taz.
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    Property Downturn- has it affected you?

    House prices have risen here in Tasmania by nearly 10%. Houses around Devonport sell very quickly unless they are asking silly prices which some of them do. Rents have also risen.
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    Australia after 8 years - the good, bad & the ugly!

    On the whole they are revolting and me not eating meat there are practically none that are meat free. I bake my own cakes and slices. I don't really have much of a sweet tooth but I agree about chocolate. For a treat I buy Twix. The chocolate is barely noticeable because of the yummy caramel and biscuity other bits. I have always had a dog here over the years and been very lucky with places to exercise them and here in Devonport there is a dog beach close by and plenty of grassy areas for him to run but I have to keep a close eye on him as he is a hunter.
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    Australia after 8 years - the good, bad & the ugly!

    We have a Harris Scarfe here in Devonport and I've just bought a very comfy pair of Hush Puppies in the recent sale. Half price!
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    Aussie weather

    Fair bit of rain during the night. Today is muggy and warm. Yuck.
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    Australia after 8 years - the good, bad & the ugly!

    In Sydney - don't know about elsewhere, many people shout "Thanks driver" when getting off a bus.
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    Moved back to the UK and now depressed

    True enough. After living there for 4 years my Aussie OH was ready to leave but he very much enjoyed Liverpool whilst we were there - especially his extended family who are a really lovely bunch of people. All with good jobs - never been unemployed. One of his cousins has 4 daughters and 1 son. All went to uni and all still working in and around Liverpool. I had a good job the whole time I lived there but OH found it a lot harder (construction). When times were tough he would go to London and even over to Germany for work. All this is far easier without children. We didn't have children until we had been in Australia for 4 years. By that time we felt far more settled. I won't have a bad word said about Liverpool.