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  1. Amber Snowball

    How long to allow?? Help

    Pretty similar to this. About 6 months from decision to getting on the plane. I needed time to declutter and get the house ready for sale, then the lull whilst the house sale went through. Then the final mad rush at the end getting everything in a movecube, on a plane or in a skip!
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    How long to allow?? Help

    Ah, the best sort of 3 year old.
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    It is @Toots. I really like it. Still getting to know the area. I work full time and having to get furniture and things for the house I haven’t had much time, but now I am more settled I am starting to explore a bit. The area has been really pretty with the autumn colours. The Christmas lights go on next week. My commute to work is much better than in was in Australia as well which has made me very happy also. Amazing the difference that can make. Generally, life is good.
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    3 months back in the UK

    That’s funny. If it helps I don’t consider you a fuss maker about coffee! You noticed a difference that others of us identified with. Agree cafe nero is ok. I like the Christmas drink in costa, this year it is spiced apple (not coffee). If you are around Herefordshire and surrounds, coffee#1 is the best I found. Public forums, so easily distracted!
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    nursing in the UK

    Hi, I have just returned to Health Visiting here in the UK but I was registered here before I left and wasn’t a mat and child health nurse over there, so different to you . I don’t think the NMC will recognise your mat and child health nursing to register you as a health visitor and getting a straight answer from them is almost impossible. Some places will employ band 5 nurses in the 0-19 team but they usually end up working only in school nursing because they are so short staffed and the job is just safeguarding. When I re registered with the NMc, which was its own nightmare, I could only apply for health visiting because I had been registered previously. Have a look at their website on rejoining the register it might offer some information. I think the 2 models are very different. They follow the 4-5-6 here, it’s not hard to pick up, I’ve been flung back in with a full caseload. Been away 13 years, what could possibly go wrong! You won’t get a job as a HV without that registration so NMC is your first stop. You might find somewhere to sponsor you through the course but they only have limited funding though, no reason you can’t get on one though. I’ll ask at work today. Whereabouts are you planning on moving to?
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    3 months back in the UK

    Funny about the coffee! I have found the same. I’ve given up having coffee out. Convinced cafe staff are trying to kill me. The Halifax gave me a mortgage with my job offer letter as soon as I arrived back after 13 years away. No way I had any credit rating! Try them! I arrived back end of June. I have bought a house and am settled in but the process was poxy. I had to chase up agents and conveyancers relentlessly. Got it all done in 5 weeks though! Good luck.
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    Contributory Parent Visa - Bond repayment

    Thanks. I am the sponsor and as I have left Australia I have left instructions with the Commonwealth to pay into my account once they receive the release notice from Centrelink. As ever it sounds as if the hold up is with Centrelink. ETA: just to add Commonwealth will put the money back into a term deposit but will release it without penalty early once the release is received. So might not get the interest but won’t be charged a fee either.
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    How credible is the Australian TV program ’60 Minutes’?

    I’m with you on this. I buy houses that suit my needs at the time. Obviously you never want to lose money but there’s never a cast iron guarantee of that. The last house I had in Australia wasn’t great but suited us. When selling it had an extremely narrow buyer market but still sold for $218000 more than I paid for it after just 4.5 years and that was in the hills outside Melbourne where the market has always been slower. I just happened to coincide with “boom” out there. Had I sold 4 months earlier I could have made more but the market had just started to cool when I sold and it didn’t suit me to sell earlier. Dumb luck really!
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    Contributory Parent Visa - Bond repayment

    That’s good. How long roughly, was it from your 10 year anniversary date and getting the money would you say? Ours will be due May next year.
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    Partner wants to go back, I don't!

    It doesn’t sound as though he will stop moving does it. I would say some professional help to get him to verbalise this state of constant motion might be helpful. I agree that now you have children you want stability and to stay in one place, particularly once they start school. Just be aware that if your relationship hits the skids the children will be staying in whichever country they are resident in at that time. If you move back to the UK and the marriage fails you won’t be able to move the children back to Australia without his consent, just a thought. Don’t mean to be killing off your relationship so easily but you need to consider this. There is no right answer and I feel for you. I am a little bit restless by nature as well so understand the changing of jobs and cars etc. I think it is the idea that “this isn’t perfect so I’ll try something new to see if that is better”. I tend to look over the fence and see that green grass.......only to move and find that the greener grass is actually situated over a septic tank......so on I go. But even I settled long enough for my son to finish school because that was the right thing to do. I wish you luck as this is a very hard situation.
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    Bohemian Rhapsody.

    My work colleague saw it and loved it. I grew up near his parents house. My claim to fame is I nearly ran his dad over! Was that bit in the film??!
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    How credible is the Australian TV program ’60 Minutes’?

    Must admit I always found 60 minutes ok as a rule. They could venture into the odd sensationalist story but mostly pretty factual. I haven’t seen the episode you are referring to but the whole of Australia can’t all be in trouble can it? Sydney and Melbourne were way overheated for a while so could do with a correction but not sure a crash is imminent. Having said that I have no economic credentials at all. I’m sure cleverer folk than me will be along.
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    Choosing Shipping - Movecube or Allied Pickfords

    Yep. My boxes were a big old mish mash. Padded with clothes, tea towels, pillows, cuddly toys!
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    The dog's bollocks!

    So the dog gets destroyed because some bloke won’t shell out for a prostitute. He doesn’t deserve his genitals back.