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  1. It must be another sign of getting old when what used to be no more than a couple of hour's mild morning inconvenience turns into a 48-hour painfest!? Or perhaps it is just punishment for my sins. I cannot believe that I used to do this, week in, week out, for 52 weeks a year, with more intense 24X7 sessions on holiday. Two bottles of Chang (Thai) beer to wash down my yellow chicken curry at 'Kao Sang?' restaurant in Pitt St, at the Haymarket end. That was an interesting experience too seeing all the young Thai dudes out partying, complete with a live duo playing (in Thai - I think.) You get a chance to see how another culture likes to celebrate. Noticed one bloke sniffing at his unlabelled bottle approvingly before pouring a healthy nip over lemonade and ice. my friend Bill asked one of them what it was, expecting it to be a Thai delicacy - Scotch whisky! We passed another place in Capitol Square with the same set up, packed with Thais or other Asians but with a proper live band playing. Beauty of these places is that you can eat late. F***ing Chatswood again at the start of the evening - dead at 9pm, God, it's a sterile, souless, enviroment. You could film 28 Days Later there after 9pm without having to ask anybody to move on. We had a schooner in the Royal Exibition Hotel (Lowenbrau for me - another mistake as I know it is stronger) Coopers for Bill, then up to the Strawberry Hills for a schooner of VB then Bill insisted on buying me a Scotch & Coke. (We read somewhere it's what The Beatles drunk so we sometimes drink it too!) I suppose it WAS fun at the time!
  2. The Soldier Rupert Brooke If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is forever Australia. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom Australia bore, shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam; A body of Australia's, breathing Australia's air, Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home. And think, this heart, all evil shed away, A pulse in the eternal mind, no less Gives somewhere back the thoughts by Australia given; Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness, In hearts at peace, under an Australian heaven. The Soldier Rupert Brooke
  3. Earlier today someone emailed me through pio, which i read via emails, i mistook this for a pm message so deleted the mail, Thinking it would be here when i logged on :arghh:, I can remember what the questions were, (s/a s/s questions etc) but not the user name, So if the sender reads this please pm me and i will get back to you! Sorry!!! Dawn x
  4. Australian state apologises for child abuse The Aborigines had an extremely hard time but so did thousands of children sent to Australia from all over the world The first 100 children – ‘vagrants’ – were despatched from the London area to Virginia in the Americas in 1618, their passage arranged by the City Fathers, while the last nine children were flown to Australia in 1967 under the auspices of Barnardo’s. It follows that the origins of child migration were linked to Britain’s acquisition of an empire in North America during the early seventeenth century. In the wild, untamed, thinly-populated continent, there was an insatiable demand for men and women to populate and exploit the new territories. The demand was so great, and the perils of the sea journey and the initial pioneering so desperate, that those whom it was convenient for England to send abroad – the convicted felons, the parish poor and abandoned children were considered suitable and many were despatched.
  5. BuddysMum

    Apologies to you all

    Humility is supposed to be good for you isn't it? A few times lately I have mentioned that you can get your certificates copied and certified by your bank. This is most certainly true and is good enough for many purposes, but unfortunately it is not good enough for your visa applications. I just hope that this retraction from me will come soon enough to prevent anyone submitting their applications with bank certification! Be gentle with the "I told you so" comments please! The good part of this is that we found out because OH now has his CO. We are in the system!!!!!
  6. Hello Im Shane and after a few years of thinking about it we have decided to get the ball rolling for the move to OZ. First step would be TRA approval of my wifes occupation (Hairdresser) but im debating to use an agent or attempt the process myself. I would appreciate if anyone has any pros or cons for either option or just a push in the right direction would help. Good Luck to everyone applying Shane
  7. I was watching Thursday's 'Wanted Down Under' about bubbly northern couple who have emigrated to NSW Central Coast. They absolutely LOVE it there (I think the lady said she still pinches herself to believe she is actually there?) I sometimes reply to posts extolling a 'pro-living in England' point of view although I love Sydney and intend to live there again. I couldn't cope with my workload in my last Sydney job and I started doing more and more overtime - every night plus all day Saturdays - but I still could not cope. (cue violins) Lack of confidence made me think that I had a normal workload but I just did not work fast enough. (cue even more violins, much sobbing) To compound it, I was doing a degree part time at UNSW. Eventually I was made redundant and returned to the UK for a holiday. I did not intend to stay this long but I've got a job with Royal Mail that is SO GOOD compared to my Sydney job. I work exactly 8 hours a day (not a single MINUTE's overtime) with zero stress and no commuting hassles as I work late shift. The thing that scares me about returning to Sydney is that I might have to do another awful job. No one will ever convince me that commuting in Sydney's rush hour is better than any other comparable big city. Anyway, that's why I may sometimes appear to be saying 'Australian Heaven Can Wait - I prefer living in UK Hell. Dave
  8. Guest

    Apologies to Fraser

    I know you started a new thread but I didn't want my apology getting lost in that. I thnk I over reacted to your post about the News on Sky. This is no excuse but... As most of you know I have a passion for cycling and triathlon (and playing guitar but that's another story :wink: ). Anyway for about 4yrs I have been battling a back injury (2 bulging discs) and have been working with a great doctor and a fantastic physio (who is a very experienced IronMan competitor). Obviously this causes extreme pain whilst running and after (3yrs ago I couln't walk for days at a a time let alone excercise). Anyway we had progress forward then backwards and the running was reduced to walking. After 2 yrs of stretching, Pilates, physio and doing all the right things, everyone agreed it was time to start some soft surface running again (my cycling has been going well and my swimming). So I've been doing that over the last three weeks. Unfortunately I have suffered some bad back pain this week and had to consult the experts. Concencus is I simply can't run anymore, which is a huge blow to me as there are so many IronMan races I'd like to do, IMUK being one of them and running has been a big part of my life We have tried literally everything short of surgery. So from now on it's cycling and guitars. I think (know) I was in a bad mood yesterday and probably shouldn't have posted. So apologies to Fraser and anyone else. ps on the plus side my wife suggests buying another motorbike to fill the void (I used to race motorbikes and have owned 21 of em. ) Not sure if I'll take her up on it, but it was a nice thought :wink: