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  1. Hi Guys, Was chatting with the overseas removal guy earlier today...he was saying he's currently flat out moving brits back home....he was saying so many have come here, and either can't find work, or pay is too low to support their families on that they have to get back just to live rent/mortgage free with their families etc, as their savings have run out! Scary eh?:huh: Hope it's not going to make the shipping more expensive...
  2. Myself and my family are moving to Port Macquarie at the end of June and would love to meet up with new friends in the area. We have 3 girls (16/13&10) and love sports and the outdoor life. I have already contact Port City Hockey club to join in as soon as I arrive. If anybody is out that way, give us a shout ?? The Dickos (On the move)
  3. Dear All, I'm the senior feature writer on The Sun newspaper in the UK. I am looking to follow up the story of the Victoria Fires with an article on a British family who had recently arrived in the State when the fires broke out. People who perhaps lost everything, were possibly injured and had their immigration dream destroyed but displayed true British courage and are determined to stay and re-build. If you know of someone or are that family, please respond to my email address. Kindest Regards Sharon Hendry
  4. Guest

    Brits in Bundy

    Hi, Bundy seems to be a popular place to go at the moment - would love to hear from those of you that are there - what is it really like? Would you recommend it - whats the situation with employment? Look forward to hearing from you. ThreeJays
  5. Don,t worry Earlswood we will give you a taste of Oz without you having to come back here. Brits gobble up Australian products and ideas | The Courier-Mail
  6. Guest

    Why Brits choose Australia.

    I think Oz will always be a great pull for Brits wanting to emigrate.. No new language to learn Most Aussies originate from British stock ( be it the lower class that was deported) Aussies are like Brits in lots of ways. Both Countries love sport. Food similar to the UK. TV, Radio, music similar… I can see why it pulls for many more than Europe or even the USA. Your thoughts?
  7. Hi there, My name is Virginie and this is my first time here. My husband and I moved to Perth 3 years ago when I was expecting our first child. We now have two kids (2 and half and 12 mths) We are having a very hard time meeting people and making friends here. My husband is always working and I am always at home with the kids. I joined a mother's group and despite meeting mothers, I have yet to make friendships here. Ozzies do not seem to grasp the total isolation and loneliness we feel by being on the other side of the world with no family and no one to talk to. I have spoken to people we know in Sydney who feel the exact same way. We would love to talk/meet people who are going through the same, or people who met great folks here and are having a ball! Any advice? Thanks, Virginie
  8. Want to see The Music and The Fratellis live for the equivalent of around 20 pounds? Then get yourself a ticket to The Big O! Coming to a campus near you, The Big O is a series of O Week events to be held in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Wollongong and Newcastle. Tickets are available for both students and the general public. Please note these will be the only shows for headlining acts in each state! The full line up includes The Music, The Fratellis, Ben Lee, Bluejuice, Yves Klein Blue and Cassette Kids. For details visit www.thebigotour.com Thursday, 26th February: Monash University, Clayton Campus, Melbourne Tickets available from www.qjump.com.au www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849 Polyester Records (Melbourne City, Fitzroy) Greville Records (Prahran) Missing Link (Melbourne City) Monash Student Association outlets For more information call (03) 9905 3035. This is an over 18’s event. Photo ID will be requested. Friday, 27th February: University of Sydney, Manning House Tickets available from www.qjump.com.au www.moshtix.com.au or 1300 (GET TIX) 438 849 + Moshtix Outlets Including: Fish Records (Balmain, Leichardt, Newtown), The Music Shop (Bondi), Utopia (Broadway) Resist Records (Newtown) Red Eye Records (City) www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849 In person from The Access Centre (Level 1, Manning House) Ph: (02) 9563 6103 For more information visit www.manningbar.com or call 1800 013 201. This is an over 18’s event. Photo ID will be requested. Saturday, 28th February: University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus Amphitheatre, Brisbane Tickets available from www.qjump.com.au www.oztix.com.au or 1300 762 545 + Oztix Outlets Including: Butterbeats (City & Valley), Gooble Warming (West End), Rockinghorse Records, Moshpit Music (Maroochydore), Sunflower Music (Broadbeach) In person from UQ Union 2nd Hand Bookshop For more information please call (07) 3377 2259 This is an All Ages event. Photo ID will be requested to purchase alcohol. Tuesday, 3rd March: Australian National University Bar and Refectory, Canberra Tickets available from www.qjump.com.au www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849 Landspeed Records (02) 6248 9220 For more information please call (02) 6125 3660 This is an over 18’s event. Photo ID will be requested. Thursday, 5th March: University of Wollongong, Uni Hall & Uni Bar Tickets available from www.qjump.com.au www.bigtix.com.au Redback Music (02) 4229 6169 Venue Unishop (02) 4221 8050 For more information please call (02) 4221 8000 This is an over 18’s event. Photo ID will be requested. Friday, 6th March: Newcastle Uni, Bar On The Hill & Outdoor Surrounds Tickets available from www.qjump.com.au www.bigtix.com.au The Rock Shop (02) 4929 1856 Billy Hydes (02) 4965 4222 Uni Campus Outlets (02) 4968 3845 For more information please call Uni Campus Centre (02) 4961 1606 This is an over 18’s event. Photo ID will be requested.
  9. danskitt

    Brits finding jobs

    Hello all, My family and I are looking to move to Sydney next year and I have a couple of questions about finding work. I have owned and run my own business's in the UK for the last 8 years a printers and a kitchen fitting business. My main problem is that I don't have any qualifications in any job field. My plan would be to move and find a job for a while to acclimatise then look to start up in business again over there. I have heard that Australia is very hot on qualifications to work is this true? Do you need to have a licensequalification to work in the construction industry? I have heard that Australian employers are a bit racist towards non Australians and don't like to give them jobs is this true? Any help would be appreciated Dan
  10. More Brits seek to move to Australia 18/11/2008 by Simon Wallace Australia's Immigration Minister, Senator Chris Evans, has commented about the growing interest amongst UK residents to move to Australia. According to the Minister, rising unemployment in the UK has boosted applications to work in Australia. The credit crunch, combined with the increased cost of living and the volatile housing market, is causing many Brits to consider emigrating to Australia to seek out opportunities there. Australia is not without its own concerns - it has been widely reported that next year's annual migration quota may be reduced - but Senator Evans is keen to encourage immigration from UK nationals nevertheless: "I think the downturn in Great Britain over the last year or two has actually seen a renewed interest from Great Britain in people looking to migrate either temporarily or permanently," he said. Senator Evans added that the Australian skilled migration programme has seen a significant boost from the economic downturn in the UK. It's not just British residents who are clamouring to move to Australia. As well as New Zealand nationals crossing the water to settle in Australia, there are 2,600 ex-pat Australians returning home every month. Article from Global Visa website.
  11. Guest

    For all you Brits.

    At least we have a great Country to go back to if things do not work out…think of the numerous ozzie immigrants from Asia and the second world Countries were the standard of living is miles worse than what we have or will ever experience. Just a thought.:jiggy:
  12. There must be a lot of Brits in this country that are on work visa's with sponsorship and are or have lost their jobs during this recession. What would you do, as dont you have to get re-sponsored by another company to remain in the country or will you have to go home if you cannot find work. There is no help for people on Visas for benefits so I guess there would be no choice in the matter. I know in the IT industry it is particularly hard at the moment, in fact I have never seen anything like it.
  13. Do you stick mainly with Brits you have met over there or do you have a circle of good Ozzie friends. I cannot work them out. This is my honest opinion of meeting hundreds of Australians over two years.. Australians are, in my opinion like the people that are pressured and massaged into living like modern people in modern times, and yet their brains still function like it's the 1980s, where you can be a little more sexist, a little more racist, and a little more of everything. Have you found this with the general population of Oz or is it just me living in Northbridge.
  14. Hi all, thought you might be interested in the following article. Here's the link:- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1990807/Two-million-Britons-emigrate-in-10-years.html :jiggy:
  15. Guest

    Brits In Oz

    BRITS IN OZ By Desmond Zwar Brian Hill, the British television producer who caused uproar in Australia and Britain with his real-life "soapie" Sylvania Waters, is out here making another series. It’s working title is Brits in Oz, but if anybody can come up with a better one and he uses it, he’ll donate a good bottle of wine. Sylvania Waters controversial? Hill mused. ‘Well...yes. A lot of Australians thought it was wrong that such a family - with some of the worst aspects of family relationship - should give the impression they represented Australian family life. But it was a case of cultural cringe, really. We never said they were a typical family and that they represented average Australia. They had flash clothes, flash cars and they swore a lot and had big arguments. All I was saying was - that their type exists.’ For readers hazy about the 1991 BBC-TV/ABC production starring Noelene, her de facto, Laurie, and their outspoken offspring, Brian recalls: ‘They were an extended family. Noelene had a son from a previous marriage and Laurie had a son from a previous marriage. Her son and his girl got married and were filmed as part of the series. But they later split up. There was no suggestion,’ Brian emphasises, ‘that this happened as a result of the series.’ The producers had chosen the family after more than 100 others volunteered to take part in the project. They had to agree to have a television crew as part of their lives for six months, except when the family were using the bathroom or making love. The disputes, tears and divided loyalties kept viewers in both countries taking sides and arguing about the 12 episodes. But now that’s behind him, and Brian, sitting in his Balmain, Sydney, apartment wants to talk now about the 700 British migrants he’s enticed out of the woodwork to help make Brits in Oz, a three-part series of one hour each, to go out on Channel 4. So far he and his crew have scoured Perth, the Kimberleys, Darwin, Sydney and Alice Springs to prove to the people back home that "Australians take you the way you are." He has no idea how many British migrants will appear on each show. If he finds somebody "who is absolutely fascinating", he might well devote a whole hour to him or her. So far he’s excited by a Scot who stowed away in Glasgow on a ship bound for Australia when he was 15 - and who has never looked, or been back. And two lads from Liverpool and Newcastle he unearthed in Darwin. ‘They are working-class lads who, in their own words, were destined for the scrap-heap; a life of petty crime, drugs. ‘They said they didn’t have the right fathers, the right accent or the right schooling to get on in England. They say that doesn’t matter here. Here, they were given opportunities they say they could never have found at home; they believe Australia was more tolerant and has made them better people.’ When Brian was interviewed in Perth for Australia’s national radio and he asked for contacts, the lines ran hot. He tried to explain: he didn’t want migrants (like jailed housepainter, Alan Bond), who’d come out here with nothing and made a million. ‘I want the series to destroy some of the myths about Australia that British people have; that the sun is always shining. I want to present the real Australian lifestyle and how the Brits fit in.’ When he made Sylvania Waters he spent most of his time in Sydney with one jaunt down to Tasmania. He vows now to be back every year to do a series to show the true Australia. Channel 4, which makes no programs of its own, finances him as an independent producer. He had two researchers fly out with him from the UK and soon an editor, cameraman and cameraman’s assistant will be on their way. He will hire an Australian sound recordist. Viewers can expect the series not to be boring...
  16. Guest

    Get the Brits Down Under

    Remember that series a few months back on the Beeb. "Lets Get them Down Under" or was it Wanted down Under. I think the programme was aimed at really pushing people to make the move. I didn't see a lot on the show to show reality and true facts to make people really stop and think, apart from the real sadness of leaving family and friends. I recorded every show, I had all my family and friends watching it and I really plugged the show and the whole Aussie deal. I even criticised privately some people on the show who were negative. Well let me share this with you. As you know my recent trip was focussed on liestyle and houses - where will we live. There was one programme which I have referred to before on this site, where a lovely family went to Queensland and they showed them an absolutely fantastic house for sale. A dream house. Well with the help of Poms In Oz and a bit of detective work by myself, I tracked down the house and wanted to see it for myself. I thank once again the lady featured in the show, (Libby 1971) for replying to an earlier post I made, which set me on my way to finding it. The show stated that this dream property was brand new (Correct) and on the market for AUD $500,000 quote Nadia Sawallllaahhh "that's only about £200,000" It stated it had 6 bedrooms, I've just watched it again. :rolleyes: The house is built by Glindermann Homes and is part of one of their displays on show at Parkwood Estate in Heathwood in the southern suburbs of Brisbane near Forest Lakes, not far from Ipswich. It has 4 bedrooms. It is currently on the market for AUS $787,000 that's roughly £325,000. You can actually find it on the following link http://www.domain.com.au/Public/PropertyDetails.aspx?adid=2006235333. :jimlad: I visited the display site and had a meeting in the house with the guy in charge of the sales and operations for the house which is called The Linden. Nice man, showed us all around. We discussed everything, procedure, plans and costs. Maybe he was unaware that I had done so much research on the house. He was not aware of the T.V series, or any interest from back home. Anyway, he told me first I needed to source a suitable sized plot, preferably around 750sqM. I could do this myself or they could help. So I get the land first at whatever cost that may be depending on area. After that they assist with everything from soil tests to finishes of the house. The whole process takes about 36 - 40 weeks. He then told me to build and finish a house as per the display (as per the one in the show) it would cost around AUD $580,000 - that's about £240,000. Bear in mind now, that's just to build the house and finish it, not including the land. He kindly referred us to a land sale area not too far away at a place called Winderere where the plots or blocks as the Aussie's like to call it are for sale starting at AUS $400,000 for the smallest plot rising with size. The salesman at Windermere by the way believed his odour was Moet Chandon,:notworthy: he couldn't even be bothered to speak to us, other than to correct me on the price of the plots which the sales manager at the house had given me with "Nah, their a lot more than that". It was a nice setting, but nothing that I would call breath taking or outstanding. We did find plots cheaper at around £100,000 so theoretically I could build and own that dream home featured for around £350,000. The only certain thing I know I would be gaining is Sunshine. For that cost I can build it here, no doubts. Once again I hope you don't mind me sharing this post with you. The reason I did so is to prove that a lot of that series was incorrect and at best economic with the truth. (I'm being polite) People should be given reality not fantasy and see things as they really are. :realmad: This episode left us disappointed and down for a few hours, it was time to get back to the hotel and hit the bar big time. Cheers
  17. Yes I know it says Poms in Oz, but one of us is a Pom and one a Swede so here goes with my question. Probably just being a bit over cautious, but when we received our acknowledgement of our visa it contained a reminder that if you are not from an english speaking country you must have an english test. It didn't say anything about the list of exceptions. Now in the application it said the same however the exclusion was that if you had a degree from an english speaking country that this was evidence you spoke sufficient English. In our case the swede (he doesn't have a real name :wink: ) does have a degree from England and has also lived here for 10 years so speaks better English then most of us! I'm fairly sure we have this covered off, but the fact that it put a reminder in our acknowledgement worries me a little so: a) Is that just a standard email and therefore does everyone get that reminding them to do an english test if not from an english speaking country b) anyone here from another country who is excluded from doing the test and might be able to put my (paranoid) mind at ease! Thanks in advance
  18. Any Brits Migrating From Spain to Oz. ? What are the complications?
  19. They may be arch enemies on the sports field, but Australians still like Poms and Kiwis more than Yanks and other foreigners, a survey has found. Americans came third in the Crosby-Textor Mood of the Nation poll but fell short on questions of trust and worldliness. Indonesians did not fare very well - the close neighbours being ranked second last of the 15 nations respondents were asked about. The United Kingdom scored highest overall among Australians with a country index rating of 79, just ahead of New Zealand on 78.3 and the United States 63.4. Saudi Arabia ranked last with 18.1, behind Indonesia on 22.3. New Zealanders topped four out of the seven categories - the most likeable (90 per cent), shared the same values (88 per cent) and honest and trustworthy (79 per cent). The UK scored well on most questions with the country considered best at fighting corruption (65 per cent) and in tune with world events (84 per cent). Australians believed the US was an important trading partner (89 per cent) and thought Americans likeable (76 per cent) but not so honest and trustworthy (49 per cent). Only 50 per cent thought Americans were in tune with events outside their own country. "People have mixed views about the United States but this poll shows why it's just not valid to simply describe Australians as either anti-American or pro-American," Crosby-Textor joint managing director Mark Textor said. "It's a lot more sophisticated than that." The survey found Australians did not consider Indonesians reliable (seven per cent), trustworthy (11 per cent) or shared their values (seven per cent). Forty-seven per cent thought them likeable. China was considered an important trading partner (83 per cent) but only 12 per cent thought they shared the same values as Australians. The poll was conducted among 501 people aged over 18 from August 26-30. Positive views about living in Australia dominated the other part of the research, with happiness (87 per cent), opportunity (83 per cent) and pride (83 per cent) the top-ranked emotions. The highest of negative emotions were frustration (33 per cent) and complacency (32 per cent). Anger (18 per cent) and shame (14 per cent) were at the bottom of the table. Source: AAP News