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  1. Hi There Wondering if there is anyone else sharing our circumstances - I'm British, Husband is a Kiwi (still has a Kiwi passport), looking to relocate to Melbourne. Ideally I wouldn't work for the first year (looking to focus on getting the kids settled, aged 7 and 4). Husband, would most certainly start a business of his on (Management Consultancy). Any tips /experiences shared greatly appreciated. KTT
  2. DO YOU KNOW OF ANY BRITS WHO ARE CONSIDERING RETURNING TO THE UK? ITV1 are making a new documentary series about British Ex-Pats who are considering moving back to the UK. We’re keen to hear from Brits who have lived abroad for years without (or very rarely) visiting home, but who are now thinking about returning permanently to Britain. Perhaps you miss your family and friends, maybe schooling is a problem for your kids, or you simply yearn to step back into British culture. We'll help you explore the reality of coming home, and prepare you for deciding whether to stay abroad or return to your roots. If this sounds like you, or if you know anyone who might be interested, please contact Amy Robbins as soon as possible by email: amy.robbins@fevermedia.com Or call (+44) 020 7697 1425.
  3. -where everyone knows what is expected of them and expects the same of others. Therefore Brits make better drivers, better administrators, keeps the class system intact with subtleties, never talk religion(even the die hard church goers), talks about the weather a lot because its a safe subject, only they know the meaning of the word 'nice'(its not as nice as it sounds--c'mon I'm just trying to politely say that I hate it), finds it hard to migrate and settle down unless a mini Britain can be created where they go etc etc etc. Anyone who thrives in a foreign land, is able to adapt and inculturate is the exception rather than the rule. This being PIO we can expect to see more 'exceptions' but what do you think of my generalisation??? Is it true to a large extent? Is it true to a small extent? Is it a load of s**t? When opining pls tell us if you're a Brit or not pls.
  4. Hi. I moved to Turramurra in July 2010 and looking to meet some new friends. I am 38 from Grays Essex and looking to meet up with other brits regardless of age sex etc. I work in the City and live on the north shore. also i am a drumer so anyone who can play or sing interested in starting a band let me know. Send me a message if you want to meet for a coffee/ Drink etc All the best Dave
  5. Hello All Yeah I know another 457 visa Brit in Sydney! I though id say hello and find some social events to attend. I am 32 year old and moved here on my own as part of an internal employee transfer. I am all about sport, tech and socialising. I live on the Lower North Shore (mistake 1, its dull) and work in the CBD in a very small office of 4 people (mistake 2) so my social network is not going to come from work. Thanks for reading Alex
  6. hi people, im darren, i have the chance to follow my dream of having a year off/move to oz to work/live, i have friends out in oz in sydney and adelede. just looking to find out more about the work prospects out there, ie is there loads around etc. i am an air ducting and ventilation fitter, 7 years experience but would do anything once im there, looking for information or any tips that would help me thank you for your help darren
  7. hi people, im darren, i have the chance to follow my dream of having a year off/move to oz to work/live, i have friends out in oz in sydney and adelede. just looking to find out more about the work prospects out there, ie is there loads around etc. i am an air ducting and ventilation fitter, 7 years experience but would do anything once im there, looking for information that would help me thank you for your help darren
  8. hi people, im darren, i have the chance to follow my dream of having a year off/move to oz to work/live, i have friends out in oz in sydney and adelede. just looking to find out more about the work prospects out there, ie is there loads around etc. i am an air ducting and ventilation fitter, 7 years experience but would do anything once im there, looking for information or any tips that would help me thank you for your help darren
  9. The Pom Queen

    Brit blows house up making vodka

    Please don't tell me it was a PIO member, Pablo, Sh7t man, Lemmings:idea: A BRITISH man was left dazed and wandering the streets in his singed underwear after almost blowing himself up brewing home-made vodka. Ten neighbouring dwellings had to be evacuated after Lawrence Toms, 43, had a tinker with his distillation equipment, sparking an explosion so powerful it blew out the windows and damaged the roof of his home in southern Wales, newspaper the Daily Express reported. Neighbours said Mr Toms, an inventor, had been making vodka after downloading a recipe from the Internet. The crews of four fire engines battled a blaze while Mr Toms was taken to a specialist burns unit for treatment. Police have begun to investigate the explosion. Mr Toms is believed to have made a still in a bedroom of the terrace house. "It's crazy. You don't go making something like that in a terrace street, especially where there are kids about," neighbour Susan Minty told the Express.
  10. Guest

    Brit from SA, new in QLD

    Hi everyone, I am new to this site so bare with me. Me, hubby and our 2 kiddy's ( 4yr Girl and 7 yr boy) have just moved from SA to Qld, we have been here for about 3 months now and are looking at meeting new people, especially with young kids. Finding a bit hard being here at the minute because we are all still settling, we would love to meet for play dates and meet new people.... we are living in the Windaroo area. not bothered about travelling to meet up at all, more than happy. Cheers Kel :cute:
  11. just wondering how aussie women compare to uk women, this is mainly directed at men who have lived with both, i.e who is the most domesticated, less likely to kick off if you are out too late or drink too much? do aussie women tend to go a bit leathery looking later on due to too much sun? are aussie women as narky as our own? just wondering
  12. Petals

    Brit to be deported

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/04/16/3193402.htm This story has happened before and probably will be more now with the new laws. Lesson is make sure you are naturalised especially the children if you stay for the long haul as no crystal ball to see their futures.
  13. Hi there people. Ill keep this as short as poss. Me and the missus just waiting on nursing registration and visa, shouldnt be too long at all now, hopefully be there within the next month. Im a time served painter and decorator and Ive just completed my white card online. The thing im trying to understand about is this ABN (Australian business number). Most painter vacancies i see online require ABN card and own transport. Is it not common to work for a company? from what i gather this ABN looks like being 'self employed'. If there any other tradesmen or anyone with any tips/advice on this it would be much appreciated. Thanks :cool:
  14. Hi.We are new to this Forum. Hopefully this is the 1st of may winters that we will be enjoying in Australia. Being semi retired it is time to get out and about. Since we are really 3 with 'His Nib's Guitar in tow, we are in need of a vehicle to purchase. Landing in Sydney on Nov 2nd then heading up to Coffs Harbour, Brisbane and then the Sunshine Coast. Grateful for any ideas.
  15. Hi, I am sure that someone will have asked a similar question to the one I ma going to ask but I have had a look on the Forum and can't find it if they have. I am a UK citizen and am getting married to my Kiwi fiancee next March (2011). We are hoping to move to Oz (Melbourne) in the next couple of years and so are starting to look into Visa's. We are obviously fortunate tha my fiancee is from New Zealand so can move to Oz with no problems, but I would like some advice on the best option for us. From my research so far, I think the best option for me would be the partner Visa, and hope I get a permanent one. Does anyone know how likely this would be? We have been together for 7 years and own a house together in the UK. We also have a 11 month old daughter, born in the UK. We are also wondering if it would be worth my fiancee getting her Oz citizenship. Her mum is Australian so she is entitled by descent, but we arent sure if this would actually have any advantage over simply going over as a NZ citizen. Has anyone else looked into this? Would it increase my chances of getting a permanent partnership Visa? Lastly, we are not sure what kind of Visa our daughter would need? Any advice on this is greatly appreciated, the Australian embassy are not easy people to get hold of! Many thanks, James
  16. Hi all Hope someone is able to give me some advice. We have agreed to sell our house to a Brit married to an Australian who are coming to UK to live. Has anyone any experience of this,either buyer or seller and if so were there any difficulties exoerienced? Did you have to be in UK before contarct of sale could be signed? Anything else you think I should know? What sort of time scale should we be expecting? Thanks in advance
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    Ex pom wants brit passport

    Hi everyone, Just wanting some advice on how to go about applying for a British Passport. My history:- I came out from UK to Oz as a child on my parents passport back in the 70's have lived continuiously in Australia since I was 9 yrs old and have Australian Citizenship. I now want to apply for a British Passport and not sure exactly how to go about organising it. Ie can I print the forms on line or do I have to go to the Post Office to organise forms? My Mom still has our family's original passport and I reverted back to my maiden name since a divorce years ago so even my name is the same as what it was as a child, I also have all the support documents I would need. just not sure which way to go with this application. Would appreciate any advice. Thanks. C
  18. Hi all, I'm hoping someone can give me some much needed advice. I am 27yrs old and have 7 years experience working as a Social Care Worker here in the UK, working with elderly people with dementia/alzheimers etc. I also have my NVQ 3 in Health & Social Care. I am wondering whether I am able to apply to come work and live in Australia with these my experience/qualifications??? I have been to Oz on a WHV before and would love the opportunity to come back for a period of time!!! I would be soooooo grateful if there is someone out there that can help me, as I am getting lots of different advice from websites and people, but this info has not been that helpful. Thanks again :-)
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    Brit seeking work

    Hi there, I'm Chris and I am a Brit recently arrived in OZ wanting to work and stay in Australia.I am currently on a holiday visa for 12months and have no workiing visa at present, seeking sponsorship. I am willing to work and live anywhere in Oz. Resume's and references available on request. My background back in the UK are as follows Royal Navy- marine engineer -12yrs Site management in construction- project cost GBP 20-100 million Project management in construction-project cost GBP 600million Very hardworking, honest and reliable person. Any advice or help greatly recieved, please pm me. many thanks for your time. Chris :biggrin:
  20. Hi there, I'm Chris and I am a Brit recently arrived in OZ wanting to work and stay in Australia.I am currently on a holiday visa for 12months and have no workiing visa at present, seeking sponsorship. I am willing to work and live anywhere in Oz. Resume's and references available on request. My background back in the UK are as follows Royal Navy- marine engineer -12yrs Site management in construction- project cost GBP 20-100 million Project management in construction-project cost GBP 600million Very hardworking, honest and reliable person. Any advice or help greatly recieved, please pm me. many thanks for your time. Chris :biggrin:
  21. Hi We moved to Wellington, NZ about 5 years ago from the UK, but it isn't the beach life that we were hoping for as the weather is very much like the UK (I thought at least we would be able to swim in summer, but the water is always freezing). We are thinking of moving to Australia for the sunshine and beach life, but I wanted to know what the reality of life is like in Australia. A pretty big question, but if someone could give me their perspective on how the weather affects their lives, it would be a start. I thought Queensland sounded good as it's sunny, has beaches, we can both get work in Brisbane and there's bound to be decent schools somewhere. Is the heat too much sometimes and are the bugs as bad as they sound? Any input would be appreciated! Harps
  22. Police Searching For British Backpacker Jamie Neale Missing In Australian Bush | UK News | Sky News Another missing person in Aus.
  23. Outside workers in Australia who were born in Britain are more likely to get skin cancer evidently. Brits warned on Aussie skin cancer risk - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
  24. Hi All, am brand new to the site, joined as i have just started the process of transferring from the British Army to the ADF. Would welcome any advice or top tips from anyone who has been through the process and any general info from any Expat. Thanks.
  25. I am ready to apply for my 175 visa and wanted to hear from anyone in a similar position to me to see if they've run into any problems... Background: UK citizen (31 years old) applying for a 175 visa and on the CSL (Mechanical Engineering). I am currently based in Malaysia, have been working here for the last 4 years and my fiancee is Malaysian (she will be de facto partner). We have all the paperwork ready to go, IELTS is done for my fiancee and we are ok on points The part I am concerned about is the fact that I am British and my girlfriend is Malaysian. I wonder if anyone else has been in a similar position and run into problems? Also when do you have to submit bank statements etc to prove how much money you have? My finances are scattered all over with some in offshore accounts, some in Malaysian accounts and some in British accounts. Thanks for your comments in advance.
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