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  1. Fisher1

    Insuring house for long absences

    Hi all Just a question about long term visits to Australia. Our UK house insurance doesnt permit absences of more than two months. Furthermore you are supposed to arrange for someone to pop in at least once a week and turn off gas and electric before you go (including central heating boiler). So far two months has been (just) long enough, but we are considering taking some longer trips out. We would like to try crossing to China on the trans Siberian express and on to Singapore to fly from there (have always fancied the TSE and it sounds interesting). What do other people do about house insurance while they are away? Can anyone recommend a firm that will cover for longer? We dont give a monkeys about our posessions - the most valuable thing in our house is our passports, but we would be a bit concerned if the house burned down or something and the insurance didnt cover it...
  2. [WRAP]http://www.pomsinoz.com/images/voting-uk-map.png[/WRAP]Should long-term British expats maintain the right to vote? A goverment select commitee will hold a hearing tomorrow on political & constitutional reform. Groups of British Expats are currently lobbying for a change in the voting legislation that currently deprives them of their UK vote after 15 years of living abroad. Many expats have long felt aggrieved , particularly those who still contribute to the UK tax system or work for UK companies abroad. Expats groups hope that the nine-member cross party group will use Thursday's political and constitutional reform select committee to support the expats who have petitioned, blogged and sent in letters demanding change. Parliament's reason for limiting the right to vote, up until now, has been that over time a person's connection with the UK is likely to diminish if they are living permanently abroad. Expat James Preston, who has surpassed the 15 year watershed by working for a British property investment firm in Madrid, is currently locked in a court battle with the Government over what he considers his fundamental democratic right. He said: "Until I got married and had children, I really never felt the need to vote. It was my strong feelings about the Iraq war that persuaded me to think about voting in the forthcoming UK elections, but now that I’ve reached the 15 year watershed of living in Spain, I’ve lost the chance. I’m basically being stripped of a fundamental democratic right. The right to vote.”
  3. Hi folks, My husband and I are thinking of going out to Australia for 6 months next year to look around and decide whether to emigrate or not. We have a 5-year-old Labrador cross and we're trying to figure out what to do with her while we're away. We have no family who can take care of her and we don't like the thought of putting her in kennels for that long. We also don't have a home in the UK (we live in Slovenia) so in-home pet-sitting isn't an option. Does anybody know of a place she could stay where she could be part of a family? It doesn't matter whereabouts in the UK, we can take her anywhere. Many thanks!
  4. Hi, We aim to head out to Aus this September and I'm trying to work out how to co-ordinate the arrival of our shipping, which takes about three months, with moving into a long term unfurnished rental. The holiday rentals are expensive in comparison so I'd want to get out of there as quickly as possible but I'm not sure what else would be available for the relatively short 2-3 months gap that needs filling. What's everyone else doing/done? Cheers!
  5. Hello Me and my boyfriend are experienced housesitters and if anyone wants..or knows of anyone around the Rockingham or Fremantle area, who need someone to look after their home and/or pets/garden..please contact me... We are ideally looking for a 3- 12 month housesit. From Jan 2010 onwards.. Thank you!! Kate
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