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  1. I know we’re going off the original topic here but what has been written about wills is very interesting.  Does that mean that if you were potentially subject to inheritance tax in the UK you could simply transfer some of your assets to Australia and bequeath them in an Australian will?  Or if you simply keep the Australian will and don’t bother making a new one in the UK would you even be subject to inheritance tax?



  2. We lived nearly 15 years in country Victoria and I never saw a red back or a snake - although my daughter did say I’m as blind as a bat!  Our neighbour for the last 3 years was Canadian and we enjoyed celebrating July 1st with her.  She didn’t find the weather as cold as in Winnipeg but said that in Canada the houses are built with triple glazing and really good insulation whereas her Australian home had window and door frames which didn’t fit snugly.  Great when it was 42 degrees, not so good at minus 2!

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  3. 10 hours ago, s713 said:

    1 day rain here NW England this week. Enjoying the weather to be honest. Crisp and sunny till mid-afternoon, perfect walking weather. Anyone moaning about this for winter is a loon IMO.

    We’ve had no rain for weeks in South Yorkshire.  Overnight temperatures often down to zero so we have frost sparkling on the grass each morning but my memories of dark dismal winter days are not true.  I’ve been very surprised by how much blue sky and sun we’ve had throughout January.  Yes it’s cold, 9 degrees today …. 🥶 but my North-East genes are kicking in again!  

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  4. 8 hours ago, Steveozz1 said:

    Hi everyone,

    my partner and I are planning to sell up and move back to UK this year.....probably June/July time so we don't immediately die returning back to a Scottish winter!!

    Looking for advice re shipping - which companies are good, indicative costs, etc. Also specifically, whether we should take out our own insurance as I got one quote from Crown and their insurance was very expensive I thought. As we are planning to go mid-year do you guys think its too early to get the ball rolling on this now?

    Any advice or info from those in the know would be greatly appreciated. 

    You can certainly start looking at different companies but it may be too early to get firm quotes if you’re 6 months away.  We moved back in April 2021, although the container was picked up in March and we started the quotes in January.  I’m sure the shipping situation has eased somewhat from last year but our container took exactly 8 months to arrive.  If I were to do the move again I would certainly review what we brought back and be more ruthless.  We used Palmers and I would not recommend them - once the money was paid they weren’t interested in helping.  Do ask which British firm will be delivering and find out as much as possible about the shipping.  Our container was moved by three ships in total spending weeks on the quayside in between ships. Once arrived in London it took a further 5 weeks before the English side delivered to Yorkshire.

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  5. I’ve always travelled using my 2 passports like Marisa.  I assumed they were linked on the computer system the immigration agent uses.

  6. 14 hours ago, Bulya said:

    We did a camping holiday in Cornwall.  Knickerbocker Glory the only decent thing as it rained all day every day.  We moved to God’s country not long after…  

    You moved to Yorkshire?

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  7. Is the UK the only country to test for Covid for free?  I’ve just read online about price gouging in Australia with LFT doubling in price.  My friend in France texted me to say LFT were €5 each after being free until October last year.  PCR tests are between €25-45 but free if you are a close contact.  Surely it’s counter productive to charge and must distort the figures?

  8. 1 hour ago, beketamun said:

    It's a terrible problem in the UK, elderly people going to the Doctors for "free" £9.35 prescriptions for stuff readily available over the counter at a cost of about 50p, like aspirins, paracetamol and anti-inflammatories.

    Unusual to find GPs prescribing aspirin or paracetamol…..

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  9. 6 hours ago, tea4too said:

    People's love for where they live is great to read and few would pretend they didn't want to experience the same degree of contentment in life themselves. But we are not all cut from the same cloth and what you describe would not necessarily deliver the same degree of happiness for everyone else, myself included tbh. However it would be a shame for buglife's thread to disintegrate into a list of pros and cons about Aus and UK so I'll resist the temptation to counterbalance, but in general terms I don't recognise the grey and limiting UK lifestyle regularly portrayed by a number of posters. It's not my life and I don't see it as an inevitable consequence of living here.

    Both Aus and UK are first world economies and over the decades life has changed in both countries. People are more mobile, generally better educated and thanks to the internet have a wider view of their expectations and opportunities. Life has not stood still wherever you live, both countries provide a (different) lifestyle that will either support a sense of home and belonging, or it won't. In terms of the thread title however, how long it takes to work that out is not always as cut and dried. T x


    Well said!  I do find some posters have obviously never returned to the UK in years, or even decades and their descriptions of lifestyle here is unrecognisable.

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  10. On 11/12/2021 at 06:47, Ken said:

    Yes it's the classic business model to sell you the machines at low prices and then be a monopoly supplier of the pods at high prices. Same as with ink jet printers except the market in compatible pods is yet to take off.

    Lavazza capsules are 20p each from Amazon.

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