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  1. s713

    Missing the UK

    You live in Canberra don't you? I'd expect you'd be glued to the telly
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    Missing the UK

    Australian TV is considerably worse than TV in the UK. Considerably worse. We can call that right now.
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    Heating a House

    Googling a couple of home-building type sites says to expect to pay $800-$1200 per sqm for double glazing. Our old house in WA had 55 sqms of glass!!! Most of the whole back of the house was glass, would have cost me $50k-$60k!!!
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    Working in IT in Australia

    I wasn't comparing job prospects, I was referring to IT in general.
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    Back to UK for vaccine?

    But that article, if correct, isn't just about flight availability, its about Australia deciding whether or not to let its own citizens back in. Which they've decided they're not going to. No offence to anyone but, that's bad. Bet they didn't mention that at the citizenship ceremony.
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    Back to UK for vaccine?

    I haven't been following it that closely but I read this today https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-56924188 Is it true Australia isn't even letting it's own people back in?
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    Working in IT in Australia

    I'm a BA not a tech IT resource, we lived in Perth for 11 years. You would be right to target Sydney and Melbourne for IT jobs, much more plentiful than in Perth. There are some big players in Perth, but not many. So, opportunities are limited somewhat. I don't know what the WFH opportunities are like, Perth has had nothing like the scale of lockdowns we in the UK have had so I doubt WFH has become as ingrained there. They didn't like it when I was there (different times, granted) nor did I ever hear of flexi working.
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    House prices going up??

    House prices just went up 9% in the UK this past 12 months. That could offset it, dependent on area. You probably wouldn't get a garden in Mullaloo for $199k Toots. A decent block by the beach would be $500-$750k.
  9. There was an article about the 'square mile' on the BBC yesterday, a plan to convert the now unused 'new normal' ex-office space to accommodation. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56888615
  10. I think it depends on when Australia is planning to re-open its international borders. As soon as that happens, you will be letting Covid in so, better to be vaccinated. Unless the borders are expected to be shut for another 18 months or so until you are all Pfizered up. There are countries where their people will never get the vaccination so this isn't going anyway. I think both vaccines deliver about 90%-95% immunity, even if you do get it after vaccination it is supposed to be fairly mild. The take-up here for over 50s has been 95%+ which is why the deaths have all but disappeared.
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    Heating a House

    We had the reverse cycle a/c heating and I couldn't use it. The air is so horrible and dry it was getting on my chest and drying my skin out. Plus, the heat isn't retained, as soon as you switch it off, it dissipates. I was planning on getting a wood burner, they're great. Aside that, just normal electric heaters do a job although you need them close to you in open plan houses. And obvs switching them on and off is very manual.
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    The Official Weather Thread

    The weather's great at the mo. Not as warm as this time last year but certainly perfect walking weather. Bright and fresh in the morning, sunny and warm in the afternoon, clear and cool at night. About perfect for us.
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    British supermarkets vs Australian supermarkets

    A day out As if.
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    Missing the UK

    Let's be factual for once, the use of the word 'most' is misleading here. 'Most' people who move back to the UK stay in the UK. Fact.
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    British supermarkets vs Australian supermarkets

    Tbf, Asda are about to do the same thing here albeit that the part-baked stuff is coming from a distribution centre rather than the other side of the world. They reckon that people buy specialty bread these days rather than normal loaves. Not sure I buy that excuse.
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