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  1. Sporty

    Ielts 3rd December

    Hey, Anyone out there sitting their ilets on 3rd Dec? This is the 3rd attempt, sitting this one in Rugby, failed others on the reading :arghh: anyone got any helpful tips? Sporty
  2. Hi All , looking a little guidance ,we've been here 4 weeks and just about to enrol my son in Senior High school , back home (UK) he would have just been starting into 5th year in September after the summer break !! I've been up to the local Senior school and they are placing him into the end of year 10 ..so after the Xmas break (School year in WA runs Jan>Dec) he will start in year 11 ..then finally year 12 then on to Uni ..... my question is back home he would still have to do 5th year then a final 2 years for A levels then Uni so three years remaining instead of two !! Are they placing him in the wrong year should it not be year 9..then starting year 10 after Xmas then another 2 years so 3 in total as per it would be in the UK !! Any and all experiences/help would be much appreciated
  3. Can't access the online results page and wasn't sure if I can't login in or there not there yet. Has anyone accessed theres yet?
  4. <TABLE style="BORDER-SPACING: 0px; WIDTH: 50%" cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0><TBODY><TR><TD style="TEXT-ALIGN: left; VERTICAL-ALIGN: top">Don't you Remember, The Fifth of November, 'Twas Gunpowder Treason Day, I let off my gun, And made'em all run. And Stole all their Bonfire away. (1742)<SUP id=cite_ref-48 class=reference>[48]</SUP> </TD><TD width=30></TD><TD>The fifth of November, since I can remember, Was Guy Faux, Poke him in the eye, Shove him up the chimney-pot, and there let him die. A stick and a stake, for King George's sake, If you don't give me one, I'll take two, The better for me, and the worse for you, Ricket-a-racket your hedges shall go. (1903)<SUP id=cite_ref-Huttonp43_47-1 class=reference>[47</SUP> </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
  5. So, 4 year old knows we will be in Australia on 5 November. He knows this means he will miss "bonfire night" at home. Have *tried* to explain that Australia doesn't do "bonfire night", but that bit's not sinking in. 5th November = fireworks in his mind, the fact that different countries have different traditions is a bit beyond his ken right now :biggrin: If we take him to Darling Harbour (checked online and fortunately for us the bi-weekly fireworks are falling on the 5th Nov it seems) for it, do you reckon we'll get away with it, and him not noticing it's a bit different? :wink:
  6. Hiya everyone. Well we have gone for it , flights booked a short holiday then jump into our new life !! If anyone out there is in or around Cairns and has any advise regarding where to rent for a short time we would really appreciate it guys !! We have no furniture and the stuff we have shipped wont arrive for a good few weeks after we get there. we were thinking of renting in a resort or something like that , again any advise would be great. Cant believe its actually happening !! woo hoooo
  7. INVESTORS STILL WARY OF BOE ASSET PURCHASES Bank again resurrects the possibility of renewed QE. Aussie prospers as confidence returns. The Australian dollar was one of a handful of currencies to strengthen by around 2% against the pound last week. The pound began last week in reasonably buoyant mood, rising by half a cent on Monday morning. After that it was a different story. By Thursday afternoon the pound was four and a half cents off its high and at a record low. Since then it has been treading water in a cent-and-a-half range, going nowhere and shouting for help. The UK economy was unable to throw up any convincing evidence of progress. The finalised figures for first-quarter gross domestic product served only to remind investors of the big problem that faces the chancellor and his adoring electorate: prices are going up and incomes are not. Earlier in the month the 4.5% inflation figure and the 1.8% rise in average earnings showed spending power going down by -2.7% a year. The GDP numbers confirmed that the economy grew by 0.5% in Q1 (incidentally the same performance as that put in by the United States). What they also showed, though, was that household spending had gone up in money terms while the volume of goods and services had fallen. Bluntly, Brits are paying more for less. The rest of the week's ecostats did little to improve sterling's situation. Mortgage approvals in May numbered just under 46k, half as many as for the same month 20 years ago. Consumer confidence fell from -21 to -25 in June. Nationwide's house price index was unchanged between May and June, -1.1% lower than a year earlier. The manufacturing sector purchasing managers' index, which assesses activity and order levels, was down by three quarters of a point to 51.3 (50 represents stagnation while anything lower than that means shrinkage). Sterling's main problem was a renewed fear that the Bank of England might decide on another round of the quantitative easing that saw it purchase £200 billion of government and corporate bonds in 2009-10. Adam Posen is the Monetary Policy Committee member who has constantly been pushing for another £50 billion to help lubricate the economy. He was at it again at the beginning of the week, arguing against the criticism by the Bank for International Settlements that the MPC was being negligent in its duty to hold down inflation. He dismissed the BIS call for higher interest rates as "nonsense". The following day his colleague, Deputy Governor Paul Tucker, did his best to defuse the situation, saying: "This is not a committee that's drifting towards thinking that more stimulus may be needed." He told that to parliament's Treasury Committee and he might have managed to put the genie back in the bottle had he not been accompanied to Westminster by the governor and by written statements from two more MPC members. Sir Mervyn King insisted that a further round of quantitative easing (asset purchases) is still an option because it is "... a perfectly conventional monetary policy tool. This is something we can do." As for higher interest rates, the governor also leaned towards Adam Posen's point of view. Rates would only go up "in the context of a much stronger economy, with unemployment falling rather than rising". The supporting statements from David Miles and Spencer Dale suggested both of those conditions were unlikely to arise anytime soon. One of them spoke of "risks that the recovery in output becomes weaker and then disappears"; the other said "the economic recovery in the UK remains fragile." The market's inference was that it might be another year before UK interest rates head higher. The Australian dollar's fortunes were in the hands of Greece. As the week progressed investors became steadily more confident that Greece would swallow its austerity medicine, thus earning the next €12 billion cheque from last year's bailout fund and qualifying for a second bailout when that one runs out. True enough, the Greek parliament voted for the austerity package and then voted for the hideous details it includes — pay cuts, tax increases and all. By Friday it seemed all that remained was to compose the congratulatory telegrams. As the Greek problem evaporated before their very eyes, investors embraced the Aussie dollar and other commodity-oriented currencies. Although there is still a massive question mark over the proposed restructuring of Greek government debt, investors feel comfortable at the moment that the authorities will come up with a way to avoid it becoming an event of default, so forcing some banks to book sizeable losses. As long as that default can be dodged, investors believe the global economy can rebuild a head of steam and, with it, an appetite for Australia's commodity exports. The Australian ecostats did not have much to do with the dollar's spurt to stardom, partly because they were not much good and partly because there were not many of them. The best result was AiG's manufacturing PMI, which jumped by five points to 52.9. Private sector credit fell short of forecast with a 3.1% annual and a 0.3% monthly increase. New home sales were down by a monthly -0.2%, reversing the previous month's increase. This week opened with a slump in the number of building permits issued in May. The figure was -7.9% down on April and -14.4% fewer than May 2010. Retail sales were down by a monthly -0.6%, having been expected to go up by 0.3%. Yet to come on this week's agenda are the services and construction sector PMIs, the balance of trade and the important employment numbers on Friday. On Tuesday the Reserve Bank of Australia announced its decision on monetary policy, and the expected no change at 4.75% was what transpired. There are just three important UK data sets on the list: the services sector PMI, industrial and manufacturing production and the producer price index. There is also a vanishingly remote chance that the MPC might decide on Thursday to fall in with Mr Posen and increase the size of the asset purchase programme. The AUD is close to record highs against the US dollar and the pound. However tempting it might be to look for a reversal, history teaches that unjustifiable currency strength is not of itself reason for a turnaround. Almost every currency move goes too far. The problem is that it is impossible to tell until afterwards what constitutes "too far". Buyers of the Australian dollar should continue to hedge their risk, and consider fixing a price for up to half the money they need with a forward purchase.
  8. Guest

    VISA GRANTED!!!!! 5th May....

    Hey all Just thought I would let you all know that finally we have been granted our VISA (176).....couldn't believe it when I woke up and checked emails and there it was....OMG!!!! Our Agent also then rang us and we were all doing our visa dance!!!! lol Doesn't feel real...we handed in our last few docs this day last month and really didn't expect to hear anything for another few weeks....so Perth here we come and if I can be of any help to anyone please let me know....I think we deserve a glass or two!!! tonight or maybe a bottle...must put clock forward!!!! Again, if I can help, let me know :hug: Suzie xxxx :jiggy:
  9. hey guys.... A group of us is going out for a friends birthday and mardi gras on Saurday 5th March!! If anybody fancies coming along for a fun and messy day out will be good to hear from you!!! drop me a message if you fancy it! all like minded people mostly straight males and females and a few gay guys! message me if you fancy it
  10. For those interested, there is an event today at Manly, movies in the park. Movies in the Park | Manly Harbour Village Manly Creative Markets, Food & Kids Amusements from 3.00 pm and movie starts at 7pm. All proceeds go to Qld Flood Relief Appeal. We will be there :wink: Cheers B!K3R
  11. Hello to all!! Yes, we have been slack posting on here, getting ourselves a little settled!!! We left London on 15th December, spent 5 days in Bangkok, very hot but a great experience. We then flew to Brissie to catch up with friends, had a fab time. Organised hubbies tax file number etc, and did the tourist things, coasts etc. We were going to get the camper and drive over to Perth however decided, due to the weather and the challenge of getting a suitable camper, we flew out of Brisbane on 5th January and arrived in lovely Perth at midnight of the 5th. We luckily found accommodation before our arrival and now living at Rockingham. We visited Rockingham beach and Freemantle on Thursday and Friday we decided to search for transport. Popped into a Kawasaki dealer and got a great deal so hubbie is now the proud owner of a Vulcan cruiser, which has been a huge help after jumping from buses to trains to get around. Thanks to you for the advise regarding the necessary paperwork to bring with us from London, has been a huge help!!! So we are staying put here, love the fact the weather, although warm, it isn't as sticky as Brissie and we just love the beaches, absolutely gorgeous and you can live so close to them and be only 20 minutes from Perth city centre is just great. We are off to sort hubbie's medicare card and get mine updated. Well, sorry for rambling and for being so slack to come back on and thank you all for your support and laughs, will be sure to update more regularly!!! If anyone would like to meet up here in Perth that would be great, we have the bike now so can travel, it would be great to have a meet up so if you are interested let us know. Great to be home and hubbie is just loving the way of life here, the weather, the people, he can't get over the service and the chilled way of life, so very happy bunnies all round!!!! Be sure to let us know if you would like to meet, it will be great to put faces to names or even if you want to make new friends, as we are!!! All the best to those of you waiting for your visas, well worth the wait I can tell you! Hugs from Nando and Jane X :notworthy::biggrin::jiggy::yes:
  12. some may already know hubby has a been offered a job sponsored by employer waiting on 457 visa but have been told should hear in the next 2 weeks and husbands boss looking at booking flights for 4-5 nov we have got medical insurance sorted have opened a bank account employers are paying for shipping and flights and accom for first few weeks and loan of company car for 3 mths so its clear out and fresh lick of paint for this house stuff sold donated schools womens refuge and other chaities freegle/freecycle carpets cleaned etc last grass cut if it stays dry enough woohoo car sold already to my sister so we have use of it right to airport as we stopping with her the last few days in uk so any little snippits of info or help will be gladly and greatfully recieved x
  13. Does anyone want to meet up next sunday for lunch or afternoon drinks? Was thinking in the city somewhere but open to suggestions. I always seem to be working when other meet ups are arranged so thought I'd try and organise one myself. I'm Jane (32) and my husband is David (28). All welcome!!!!
  14. My step children are busy surprising their Dad for next Sunday.. a trip to Melbourne on Saturday, celebrating at the Red Spice Road:tongue: Restaurant. He doesnt know his kids are arriving from Perth the very same day so we can celebrate in style. Anyone else celebrating Aussie Father's day or do you still keep to June? Susie:wubclub:
  15. Hi anyone wanna come and see Backstreet boys at Rod Laver on Friday 5th March? My boyfriend isnt too enthusitic about coming with me and dont have many friends over here yet so finding someone would mean we wouldnt need a babysitter as well! Be nice to make a new friend too :biggrin: Thanks Hannah xxx
  16. toddsim

    176 visa changes now 5th on list

    I have just heard that anyone doing the 176 visa who is not the CS List is now down to 5th position. This really sucks. It looks like we now have to wait until end of 2012 for processing. Anybody else in the same boat. The big question is. Is it really worth it. I am in the middle east and wondering wether to go to another country, say Canada. Si
  17. Hi all.,., I have just recieved SS from QLD but fall on the 2012 plan being 5th ranked on the non CSL.. (arghhhh) ,,,,, Do I still apply for the visa? - It will be for the 176 Permanent State Sponsored visa (so PR when finally processed) I dont have any other options really do I? (apart from Employment Sponser - Architectural Technician) .,., I`m just asking before i folk out the requested. $2525 .... Not sure how to start the ball rolling on the Employment Sponsor - so advice / ideas / JOBS on that would be of great help also folks.. (as i understand a one off visa switch can be done costing nil) Thanks.
  18. Hi everyone Gud news is that 475 visa had been granted yesterday. It is posted in Pomsinadelaide.com By Chorey Girl So quota is not over yet So wait for gud news and best wishes for ur visa including myself. Raahulraana
  19. Hi all, Just returned home after visitng Down Under Live at Earls Court. Its actually been amalgamated with "A Place in the Sun", the UK Channel 4 tv programme. The majority of the show is focused on other parts of the World and property investment, so if you are going with the aim of finding out about migration matters, you will be dissapointed. Tried the Oz Expo at Chelsea FC a couple of weeks ago and thought that was poor - this is worse. Indeed if you went to the Oz Expo, don't even think about this event as the same stands are there, just less of them (and there wern't many at the Oz Expo!). No recruiter or even recruitment agancies, just the usual companies trying to sell you things, such as banks, removal companies, currency brokers etc. The one and only positive element is that the "Australia and New Zealand" magazine publishers were there, offering 6 months subscription to their magazine for £10, which is good value, considering the shelf price is £3.99; plus the May 2009 issue (ahead of the shops) is available for just a £1 - so I felt I recouped some of my outlay. Please do not expect much - especially if you have been to one of these events before. Not recommended. Martin
  20. if you dont know already - the new series of wanted down under starts on jan 5th 09, hosted by nicky chapman this time. we have our visa and we can't wait to get there - just need to sell the house before june!! Happy watching Bonnie:yes:
  21. Melbourne here we come!!!!!! So excited. Not expected anything tonight as its the weekend, but there it was!!!
  22. We will, we got our visa today!!!!!!!! [/url] Yoohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hoping to be in Gold Coast first week in January. Andy, Maria, Brandon and Bethany:jiggy:
  23. Hi all, Just an fyi that Expats in Adelaide group is having a meet up around 6pm on the 5th of November at The Richmond Hotel on Rundle Mall. Hope to see some of you there! Suzer
  24. Guest

    TA seminar manchester 5th oct

    Hi Anyone going to the thinking australia seminar in Manchester on 5th oct we have got tickets but not sure if it's worth going is there anything they can tell us that we haven't already found out ourselves we're not looking at signing up with them so can't be bothered if it's a hard sell thing has anyone been to one before x
  25. Anyone else flying from heathrow on Friday 5th September? 2nd attempt - original flight was booked for this wednesday - but a hospital addmission put paid to that one. We will get there eventually - at least it gives the exchange rate a chance to rise - ha ha