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  1. FirstWorldProblems

    Singapore or Qatar

    Fingers crossed for you!
  2. FirstWorldProblems

    Singapore or Qatar

    Towards the end of the year
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Very sorry to hear that Simmo. I hope everything goes as well as it possibly can under the circumstances.
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    Thinking of moving back to Uk

    Every country in the world could make the claim “if only we make the change, it will just be a drop in the ocean”. Everyone has to do it and that always takes early adopters leading by example.
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    I know no one will care but...........

    I got the text message today to book mine. I'm in the UK and 46 years old so they're cracking on!
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    Missing the UK

    I think you are very brave. It’s not always easy to ask for help but it’s surely the right thing to do. I’m not sure anyone can answer your question “how long do I wait” because everyone’s circumstances are different and each individual is different. My suggestion would be to set yourself a date at which you will make a decision and commit fully to making a really good go of it between now and then. Having a date will help - it always helps difficult situations to have a light at the end of the tunnel. Committing fully to making it work will help even if it doesn’t pan out, as you will be able to look yourself in the mirror and honestly say you tried your best. You are clearly a very self aware person, which is a big advantage in these circumstances. fingers crossed for you. I hope it all works out one way or another.
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    Thinking of moving back to Uk

    Well long term she'll be right - no doubt. We won't. We'll be gone. But the planet will recover once we are.
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    Getting OUT of England

    I think the difference is they have built those plans in advance so when an event occurs, they know what to do and they act straight away because it’s been anticipated and modelled. Until very recently that has not been the case in the U.K. Each time there was a change in the behaviour of Covid or the R-rate etc,, there would be a gap of several frustrating weeks before action was taken.
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    Singapore or Qatar

    Don't know if this is of any interest to you, but sharing just in case. I've booked with Etihad. Business class is £3070 per ticket, £611 cancellation fee and £305 change fee. It's substantially cheaper than any other airline doing a one stop flight. The next closest was Qatar at £4287 but they only offer a voucher option on cancellation.
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    Getting OUT of England

    In times of great stress and when under distress, people aren’t always themselves nor to they always think as rationally as under normal circumstances. I wonder if it might not be time to draw this thread to a close. Perhaps everything that can be said has now been said.
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    Thinking of moving back to Uk

    100% agree. It will be phased in to lessen the shock and the push back. Much like the retirement age is gradually being raised. It's going to be a real blow to many and it will feel somewhat cruel when generations that went before didn't have to do this.....but if you look at it dispassionately, what other way is there? We can't go back in time and ask those people to pay more income tax to prepare for their pension that is more expensive than we expected it to be. Someone has to pay and contrary to Parley's assertion, government can't go on borrowing ever increasing amounts indefinitely to fund the running of the country.......
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    Thinking of moving back to Uk

    There is something wrong with the current system, and it's something that countries all over the world are struggling with. An ageing population. Current systems were established when people were living on average for 5-10 years past retirement age. The pension, which is funded through taxation, was never expecting to be providing for people for 2 or 3 times that. It's an immense burden to place upon tax payers, who not unreasonably might ask why a person isn't down-sizing their property to part fund their own retirement? If we just heap more tax onto the working, they in turn can't prepare to self fund their own retirement (in full or on part) and the problem just gets worse and worse and worse with every decade that passes. It's not a sustainable model. Australian Life Expectancy (source treasury.gov.au)
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    Have you bought any bitcoin ?

    . deleted because I said something really dumb
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    I know no one will care but...........

    Sigh. I tried to engage with your funny post with a funny comment of my own. You misunderstood and were rude in response. So I explained that I was being good natured and you follow up not with an apology, or holding your hand up to acknowledge the mistake......but with yet another insult. I guess “you do you” as our American friends would say.
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    Best Shipping / Removals Companies

    I used Britannia twice and each time is was an excellent experience. I note the point on having the same company at each end and it making it cleaner - I'm not sure that's always the case. Britannia for example are a franchise model, so it's not really the same company - well technically it's not a franchise, it's a cooperative comprised of lots of family removal businesses, but you get my point. I do feel with things like this that the true measure of a company is how they react when things go wrong. I didn't have that experience so cannot comment, but I note that the online reviews for Britannia are strong, whereas Crown seems to have a lot unhappy reviewers commenting on poor service after there was a problem. Good luck with your decision and with the move.
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