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  1. Being the good Husband I am I kindly bought my Wife a Kindle E reader for her birthday. I have been looking at the amazon website and I found a great book with some great readers reviews. Didgeridoos and Didgeridon'ts: A Brit's Guide to Moving Your Life Down Under. I downloaded the book and its great.. Easy to read with some great links and advce. Well worth a look in my opinion..anyway here is some links I found that are for the book, the writer Vicky Gray's blog and a magazine that I had not heard of before http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1905430531?tag=leanmarketing-21&camp=2902&creative=19466&linkCode=as4&creativeASIN=1905430531&adid=0ZHNB0PWBE5291YAMVCN& http://australiauncovered.com/ http://www.australiamagazine.co.uk/ http://www.getmedownunder.com/ I haven't looked through all the sites so cannot comment on their content but they looked quite helpful to me
  2. Guest

    The Death Of The 'Book'.

    It has by some in the know been foretold that death of a living, breathing book will one day be one day extinct. We know have Kindle, many ebooks and many other areas of technology that now allow us to read a book without actually having a book in our hands. I have no problem with the new technology that allows such avenues to be taken, many a first time author can now publish their work online without the need to go to a publisher and all that it entails. But to me a book and is cover and pages are like friends in many ways, tatty, worn, etc. I have loads of books that I hold dear, one in particular that I first bought in Australia about fishing. It has been with me through thick and thin, pages falling out, the spine is no longer in existence, but the feel, smell of it takes me back many years to a time that I remember fondly. It's as if it has a soul, and indeed a 'friend' that has been with me for many a year. So whilst I aporecite the new technology and I have myself made use of it, to me there is nothing like picking an old friend up and reliving so many good memories. Yep, a bit melonconic, and maybe a but soft, and even though I admit the new technology long live paper, ink, and that 'feel' of a bloody good read. :yes: Edited to add. Shot myself in the foot a bit here. Typed this on my phone while out, so excuse the spelling mistakes, but long live technology,:embarrassed::biglaugh: Cheers Tony.
  3. Guest

    Madeline McCann book

    Has anyone read the book written by Kate McCann, madeline's mum??? What did you think?
  4. Thank you Skani (one of our Tasmanian members) for sending me the link to the above sad news. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/jul/09/amazon-book-depository-takeover Amazon has eaten our beloved Book Depository For those of us already concerned about Amazon's internal ethics, this anti-competitive takeover is worrying No small number of jaws hit the floor following the announcement that Amazon was taking over The Book Depository. As the UK's biggest online bookseller with an international reach, The Book Depository had been one of Amazon's primary rivals. With the rapid collapse of both independent bookstores and major bricks and mortar chains worldwide, readers are turning to the internet to get their book fix. How will Amazon's gobbling up the competition change the way readers buy books? The major concern is the lack of detail as yet released to the public. It's unclear how much money is changing hands, and there's a risk that a restructured business model could eliminate the features that made The Book Depository so popular to begin with. Aiming at stocking 6 million titles, the company has been a major source of books that aren't otherwise easily available. Coupled with its free shipping to more than 100 countries, The Book Depository is an international winner, with three quarters of its 2010 sales outside the UK. Whether Amazon will preserve these features is anybody's guess; Monday's press release has next to no details. Why am I so suspicious? Well, with many other readers, I switched to using The Book Depository precisely to get away from Amazon. In 2009, Amazon quietly removed a number of books classified as "adult material" from searches, suggestions and popularity charts, and stripped them of their sales rankings. Books tagged "gay" or "sexuality", for instance, were affected by way of making the site more family friendly. The thing is, that explanation didn't wash: children's book Heather Has Two Mommies was deranked, but the Playboy Centrefold Collection was not. Amazon never made its value judgement explicit, but, regardless, the result was that lots of books with gay and feminist themes lost much of their visibility. Amazon told the Guardian this was due to a "glitch" in its system, but had replied to complainants that the de-ranking of some adult-material books was carried "in consideration of our entire customer base". In any case, the site was shortly flooded by users tagging books with "amazonfail".That wasn't the only ethical mess Amazon got itself into, however. Also in 2009, Amazon deleted a number of e-books with copyright issues from users' Kindles, Amazon's e-book reader. No one can fault Amazon's protection of intellectual property rights. The problem, as particularly ironically highlighted in the deletion of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, was a little scarier than that. As Farhad Manjoo noted at Slate: "The worst thing about this story isn't Amazon's conduct; it's the company's technical capabilities. Now we know that Amazon can delete anything it wants from your electronic reader." Once you've bought a book, there's no guarantee you can keep it. Remote deletion capabilities entirely change the nature of buying books, and, as Manjoo points out, that's a horrifying precedent for an electronic future. The Book Depository, then, was for many readers a worthy alternative. Since 2009, we've been using it to avoid Amazon's uncertain technical powers and in protest of that unannounced policy harming the sales of social justice-oriented material. Quite apart from concerns about Amazon's internal ethics, this takeover represents a distinct anti-competitiveness that is not going to serve readers. Here in Australia, we've recently faced the collapse of major book retailers Borders and Angus & Robertson. This was partly caused by the consumer shift to companies like Amazon and The Book Depository, and now there aren't many alternatives. The combined online powers produced by this takeover will threaten the fledgling Australian online book retail industry. We are doubtless going to see this repeated worldwide. Anti-competitiveness harms the industry and reduces ethical options for consumers, pure and simple. Readers around the world anxiously await more news as to what Amazon's precise plans are. In any case, with the particular issues Amazon brings in its wake, it looks like many users are going to have to swallow their ethics or attempt to find an alternative to their beloved Book Depository
  5. Hey guys, I Have a bit of a conundrum, my partner and I are in the process of applying for a spouse visa so booking flights is on the agenda. We now have a set date to be in Sydney by - any day between 6-9th December 2011 would be ideal. I know December is a typically expensive month to travel in, however we can't wait any longer! If we had to we could fly after Christmas as I know sometimes flights are cheap around Boxing day etc, but we want to be there for New Year as our limit. I was just wondering if anyone had any experience and knowledge of when is best to book (it will be a one-way flight) - is there a price sweetspot month? As we will be moving everything with us too, it would be best to fly with an airline with a decent luggage allowance (to lower shipping costs) I know Emirates allow 30Kgs which is obviously great - anything along these lines is good. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
  6. Guest

    PIO book club

    Here's a chance to talk about great books you've read and would recommend to others... For starters: 'his dark materials' trilogy by phillip Pullman difficult to describe this really as it's like nothing I've read before or since. A mixture of fantasy, sci fi, horror, a critique of organised religion, a love story and with the widest scope imaginable, spanning multiple parallel universes which are all interlinked. The main character Lyra inhabits a world (Oxford) which is much like ours but with profound differences, most notably the existence of a daemon or soul outside the body: a physical presence in the form of an animal which reflects the person's nature. Children's daemons can change but on entering adolescence they become fixed. In the second book Lyra meets up with will, a boy who inhabits our Oxford. The scope of the narrative is immense, and contains the most amazing imagery. The first book was made into a film, the golden compass, which didn't do justice to the book IMO Anyway, I'd thoroughly recommend this trilogy and would like to hear of other great books, or of your thoughts on the above
  7. Hello Everyone, we are moving to Sydney at the beginning of March, and have been looking at flights back to the UK for Christmas - first Christmas in the sun may have to wait due to family reasons! Just wondering if there is a good time to book flights, as we have just checked and they are incredibly expensive even this far in advance, around £5k for 2 adults and a child! Or, is that as good as it gets??
  8. I am fairly adamant that ANYONE can write a book. It has nothing to do with intelligence, qualifications etc, it is in my opinion within everybody to do such a thing. Many people also say what can I write about, and 'normally' I would say write about what you know, experienced etc, but I lack the imagination to write any other way,:embarrassed:. My imagination is just not 'sparky' enough, so I tend to write what I have experienced or know about. It is bloody hard work, probably one of the hardest things I have ever done, time constraints, everyday life, monetary concerns etc, all take their toll, and of course there is always the thought, 'Is This Truly Worth It? Well, yes it is in my opinion, even if it is never published you have the ENORMOUS satisfaction of doing something that few do. I have written a few, my 'relationship' with Australia, which is still being 'touched up', and the political aims of RAW UK. I dare say they will never be best sellers, but the satisfaction and 'cathartic' feeling they have given me are immeasurable. So come on, if you chose to write a book what would it be? True to your life, Fantasy, Adventure, Action, Children's, there are so many subjects that the list is endless, come on let your imagination fly and get that draft going asap. And if possible (though not important) what title would you give it. I know Jimbo wants to write one, I think his working title was/is 'A Screw For All Seasons':wubclub::wink:. And I know a lot of people would like to see Pablo have a crack, but I daren't suggest a title as the content would be impossible to classify under one title.:eek::wink:. Edited to add. Forget how well you spell, punctuate etc, they can all be rectified with a lot of computer programmes and letting others read the draft. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  9. I will be emigrating to Melbourne in May 2011. At some point within my first 2 years I am planning to return to the UK to visit family/friends. My friend who lives in Brisbane has just booked her return flight to come back to visit friends/family in July 2011 and she has paid $2100 for the return flight and she was told that this a good deal. I don't know about you, but I thought that $2100 was quite expensive and it may have been cheaper for a friend or family to book the return flight from the UK for her even though the departure point for the start of the return journey was Australia. I was planning on leaving some money in a UK bank account to pay for return flights from Australia if this is possible?? Anybody got any thoughts??
  10. Guest

    book early for santa

    hes got heaps to do this year--theres more people than last year you know--so get senting your list to the north pole members--who knows what xmas day will bring--i want some woodworking tools--what do you want:wubclub:
  11. Thought I'd put up a quick post about a book that's been written by a fellow migrant out here in Adelaide, full of hints and tips about the migration process, what to expect when you get here, and the similarities and differences to look out for between the UK and Oz. I was lucky enough to get to read a proof copy yesterday and was totally blown away - I reckon it should be required reading for all new migrants thinking of moving here! It's called The Same Difference - a Sideways Look at Migrating from the UK to Australia. It's not a huge tome - just "90 pages of fun and facts" but it's a really easy, informative and fun book for anyone thinking of moving out here. I know she interviewed loads of people when she was putting it together so it has lots of hints and tips of what worked for people, and what didn't, things to look out for and be aware of. Anyway, if anyone is interested in getting a copy it's available from 1st November - cost $21 for people in Australia and $25 for people in the UK - both prices inclusive of postage and packaging. PM me if you'd like details of how to order one, and I'll pass on the author's details. Post script: Mandy's now put a link on the Home2Home website to buy the book - http://www.h2h.com.au
  12. stevie ellis

    Roscos mining book

    Alright folks , has anyone bought this book its called Roscos guide to getting a job in the mines , its on the internet . just curious
  13. Hi all you seasoned travellers out there. We are thinking of flying back to the UK next year for a 5 or 6 week visit and have been doing some fare searches on the net. My question is whether it is possible to book a return flight through a UK based travel agent because my initial research shows that with such a strong Au $ you can get a much cheaper flight than booking through an agency here in Au. Is there anything wrong/illegal using the return half of the ticket first, will the airlines allow you to do it?. Has anyone done it? It's our golden wedding anniversary next year and if we do go back then we intend flying business class as a one off present to ourselves, and the saving seems to be substantial. eg Qantas Melbourne to Edinburgh and return is around $18500 booked in Au, but through an agent in the UK Edinburgh to Melbourne and return is about UKBP.9500. (this is the price for 2 people). Ideas anyone Mike
  14. Hi all, my family and I are making the move to Adelaide in November. I've enrolled with Peer to do the Wiring Rules exam with the studying done here in the UK. I have the 3008, 3012, and ETSA rules books from Peer, but not the 3000:2007 Wiring Rules book, as I was promised a copy from someone, but they have let me down. Do any of you guys have one in good condition that you would be willing to sell me and also post to the UK? Any help would be very much appreciated. Regards, Gez
  15. Guest

    Too soon to book?

    We are returning home in April of next year but not sure when to book flights.Is it an advantage to book this early or are there certain times of the year when new flight deals come up?I have looked at prices and they seem ok but not sure if we save or lose out by booking so far in advance. We are heading to Dublin and hoping to fly Singapore or Cathay Pacific and avoid London airports by flying in to Paris or Frankfurt.We will spend a couple of nights in all stopover destinations.Would love to do 3-4 stopovers along the way but may be very costly to do so,we have 3 kids and don't really want to miss the chance of showing them a wee bit of the world on our journey home. Any advice regarding best time to book would be appreciated.
  16. Any comments? My daughter is pregnant, her baby is due in 5 weeks time. She and her husband want to bring him back to UK in November to see all the families here, but she can't book the flights because she doesn't know baby's date of birth! Surely there is some way of them booking now, as the prices are rising rapidly. I'm going out to see him in September, so I'm alright Jack! Any ideas anyone? Maybe the ever helpful Nigel? Cheers Pam
  17. We are looking into going to the UK for a holiday next July/August and wondered if anyone knows the best time to book up? I believe that flights are released a year ahead but are there likely to be any sales coming up with any of the big airlines? Want to be ready to bag a bargain if something comes up and we need to act fast. Thanks in anticipation of your ever helpful advice! Karen
  18. Hi, i was just about to book out flights to Melbourne today but i just couldn't go through with it, so scared now all of a sudden. Was so excited and looking forward to it but as it getting closer to the move im getting scared. I think its more of reading all the posts on here about how expensive bills, clothes, cars and furnishing a rental will be. Reading it will be a struggle on OHs wage as he'll be the only 1 working till i find a job. We don't want to spend all our savings and struggle as we are financially alright here but is boring here want a better lifstyle and weather, more for the kids and ourselves. Do you need Ambulance cover? are dentists and doctors expensive. Being told we will need 2 cars. It is a worry, but really dont know what to do, kids are looking forward to it, and im supposed to be handing my notice in at work end of the week. Is it really that bad and a struggle? would like to rent in Berwick as ive read about it and sounds good, to start off with anyway. Gillian:wubclub:
  19. My wife and kids are going back to England at the end of June for a holiday. (we've been here 2 years) I'm staying at home. She has just booked a hire car from Manchester airport. Checked out all the prices for the type of car and picked one. Same car, same company, same times and same conditions etc will be (allowing for exchange rate) be 150 quid more to book it from a British address than from an Australian address. How the hell does that work??? She looked out of interest to see if there would be a difference. Rip off Britain??
  20. We are coming over to Oz in March to validate visas and crack on with this whole living in Oz thing! :jiggy:. Been looking at flights (how strange clicking that one-way box!!!:biggrin:) and they're coming out around 670quid (MAN-SYD) which seems ok to me. Was just wondering if anyone knows if there is a time of year to book when prices might be cheaper or if and when they are likely to rise? If that's as good as they'll get we'll just get 'em booked!!!:cool: Neil
  21. Hi there, I'm fairly new to the Point Cook area after moving here in May with my OH. I wondered if anyone would be interested in a book club, maybe once a month? Just some nibbles, a few drinks and a light hearted discussion about a good read. If anyone is interested, just drop me a post. Kirsty :v_SPIN:
  22. OK we are very close to the exchange date on our house sale , when do we book flights, we really want to leave asap after the house sale goes through, so when is a safe time to book everything, do we book when house exchange or should we wait till it completes, dont want to stay at mothering laws for to long once out of our house, love mother-in-law but kids get bored on a day trip let alone anything else, I want to move out of our house, (note that i havnt said home, getting used to the idea of it not being our home) and want to be on the plan within the next few days, what did you people do that are already there, and what are you doing if still planning, Worrying times, but ha, cant wait. Traceyxxxxx
  23. Hello I'm planning on making a 3-4 week trip to the UK some time between 7 June - 19 July (due to work commitments that's my only 'window of opportunity'), & I'm not sure whether it's better to book flights ASAP, or whether I could get a better deal if I wait a few weeks. If it helps, I'm flying from Sydney to Birmingham or Heathrow (whichever is cheaper). If possible, I'd prefer to fly on the A380, as I found it to be the best plane I'd ever been on when we came out here last year. Thanks for your help. Sarah
  24. Hi Everyone Does anyone have a copy of the AS/NZS 3000:2007 WIRING REGULATIONS BOOK.We have just finished the meds and we are waiting for our 176 WA sponsored visa.He has done his vetassess and has his OTSR(I think its called) He is a general electrician and will go for the mechanic one. We would like to go down to validate and hubby would use the trip to get his A licence in WA.It will be very helpful if he had the book to study before he went. Thank you very much :wubclub:
  25. The Ozcans

    Oh, goody - a book burning!!

    Well, more than one actually!! Whatever next? Witches?? Book Burning And don't forget the fried chicken:biggrin: