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  1. Guest

    brits in canberra?

    hi all just wondering if any1 has moved to canbera and actually likes it? find it very hard to meet any one as the residents are very clicky!!!
  2. stacybird123

    wot do aussies think of us brits?

    Hi, Do australians like us poms??? Be honest those of you who are living there. Do they resent us for coming over and taking there jobs etc? stacy
  3. Looking at the mining regions of Queensland it's clear that more and more Brits (and now Poles) are being invited in on 457 visas to do jobs on rock bottom wages. There seem to be a body of Brits around on $45-50k believing that is enough to support a family and finding they have to take the cheapest (grotty) accommodation and face an uphill financial struggle. I guess it's a result of the poor economic situation in the UK and a long held British belief that Australia is a dream destination. Once here the underpaid Brit can struggle to get out if the situation as his visa is dependent on the company. Wages for locals seem to be considerably higher as they won't live in mining towns (very expensive) or FIFO for minimum wage. They also have a far better grasp of the cost of living and the exorbitant price of big compulsory items like cars etc Anyone have any comments? Is it a case of buyer beware and the immigrant should do their research first?
  4. Guest

    Help me Brisbane Brits!

    Hi all, I'm hoping some of the nice Brits living in (or with experience of) Brisbane will be able to help me out? I'm writing a Brisbane guide to go in a paper for the benefit of Poms looking to move to the river city. I'm hoping some of you could share your inside knowledge of the best places to eat, drink, live, shop, go to school, go out and so on. Please reply to this thread with your insights and a bit about yourself, it may benefit those who are in the position you were in a year or two ago?! The deadline is next Wednesday (8th) but the information only needs to be in short 'snippits'. Many thanks, M :cute:
  5. Hi, i've recently moved to Melbourne permanently to live with with my Aussie boyfriend. Loving Melbourne and have plently of Aussie friends but would really love to meet some fellow Poms before I lose my english accent forever. Plus I miss the cynical British humour and endless chats about the weather!! I live near St Kilda so surely there must others about?? Look forward to hearing from them Celia
  6. Guest

    Aussies calling brits poms

    I am in Australia from manchester and I don't understand why Aussies call Me a Pom. I am told by Aussies that POM means Prisoner of Mother England. That would mean the first Aussies where the POMs then not us Brits. Wouldn't that make Aussies POMs not Brits? I never hear Aussies call other Aussies POMs not even their own forefarthers and people desended from Brits.
  7. Middle Britain is a fictional location, but apparently 'Sierra Man' and later 'Mondeo Man' lived there........ From the Telegraph, Does Mondeo Man matter any more? (George Jones 28 Apr 2007) "Sierra Man" was the archetypal figure whom Tony Blair made famous at the Labour Party conference in 1996, as he was launching his bid for power. Based on a man whom Blair met in his Sedgefield constituency while campaigning for the 1992 election, he was reputedly an ex-Labour voter who had bought his former council house and would polish his ageing Ford at weekends. By 1996 he might well have had his eyes on a new Mondeo, which replaced the Sierra in 1993 (hence the misquote that gave birth to Mondeo Man) but higher taxes and mortgage rates prevented it Aside from the obvious that if spin doctors were trying to come up with an Aussie equivalent of 'Sierra Man', they'd get stuck arguing the toss between 'Commodore man' and 'Falcon man', what is the essence of your average man in 'Middle Australia'? and how does he compare to the Middle Britain man? Or for that matter, the difference between Aussie women and British women? Keep it civil.....:wink:
  8. As simple as the title says, where do most of the Brits live in Perth? Unlike some on here, we'd like to move to the other side of the world and NOT find we're living in a bigger hotter version of the UK! I know some suburbs have a much higher concentration of Brits than others, so where do most of us live when we get there?
  9. Hey Guys, Heading up to Melbourne for the Quarter Finals of the Tennis in Jan, hoping Murray will still be in the competition by that point! Heading there on my own at the moment. Any other Brits heading to Melbourne for this who fancy some pre and post game beverages? Cheers Stuart
  10. Hi, me my husband and 2 kids moved to sanctuary lakes on saturday and would love to meet up with fellow brits living here Please send me a PM Laura
  11. Hello, We are 2x 23 y.o. British Graduate's looking for accommodation and casual work in Perth from 20th November. Available for casual, part-time or full-time work and working unsociable hours/weekends over Christmas/New Year is fine. We have got working visas and intend to get a back account set-up before we get there. Is HSBC a better option as they have them in the UK? I have looked on a few websites for jobs/accom but could use a bit of advice. Don't know if its worth getting an RSA certificate for bar work as also interested in a christmas retail job? Are there companies where we can work and stay? I've seen an example of this in a backpackers hostel. We are on a budget. Can anyone help please?! Many thanks
  12. Nice to have a bit of nice things said about the UK instead of the usual hate-fest in the media around the world. Broken Britain? Rude Britannia? Not according to the researchers who have produced the Charm Offensive – a study of British people in their everyday lives that showed our society is among the most polite and civil in the world, casual aggression and racism is on the decline and huge value is placed on a smile from a stranger or a small act of kindness. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/oct/09/politeness-good-manners-english I actually agree, afetr living in Oz and visiting many Countries I do think on the whole that Brits are the most polite and friendly people in the world, especially up North.
  13. Guest

    Brits in Mackay

    hi all, we are hoping to move to Mackey around about Christmas time is there anybody who lives there from England who can give us some information about the area thankyou very much hope you can help. :confused:
  14. The Pom Queen

    2 Million Brits never held a job

    DAVID Cameron is to unleash a raft of tough measures on the workshy to force them into jobs and break apart Benefits Britain. The Sun can reveal extra conditions will be imposed on jobseekers before they can claim handouts. The blitzkrieg has been made possible by a hardening in the national mood after August's riots and the sinking economy, the PM believes. No10 staff are working on six radical options. The most hotly-tipped is the scrapping of the 12- week time limit the jobless have to turn down specific offers of work. Under new rules, only unemployed people with a long record of previous hard work will be allowed time to ponder future job offers. An even more Draconian plan is to take away the dole completely for anyone who languishes in work clubs for more than six months. Jobseekers may also have to justify their time daily, with sheets to be issued that they must fill in to qualify for their next handout. The PM will unveil the proposals at the Conservatives' annual conference opening in Manchester tomorrow. They are expected to be in either his set-piece speech on Wednesday or Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's on Monday. A senior Government source said: "A lot of people are really struggling to find work. But there are also far too many with no intention of getting off their backsides." Jobseekers' Allowance of up to £67.50 a week is paid out with only basic obligations for recipients in return. It emerged yesterday that reading a newspaper or getting a haircut qualify as "job-seeking activities". Claimants take an average of just eight minutes a day seeking work. Five million Brits are on benefits. An estimated two million have never had a job.
  15. Seems a bit harsh but when you think people lost their lives in last weeks riots i suppose it is sending a tough message.
  16. Why Britain's brightest and best are emigrating 12:01AM GMT 21 Feb 2008 112 Comments We already knew, courtesy of the Office for National Statistics, that emigration from this country is running at higher levels than at any time since before the First World War, with 200,000 British citizens a year departing these shores. <LI sizcache="34" sizset="31">Biggest brain drain from UK in 50 years Your view: How can we halt the brain drain? We now learn from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that we lead the world in exporting talent, with a higher proportion of highly skilled professionals emigrating from this country than from any other (except Mexico). The OECD estimates that 1.1 million highly skilled Britons - more than one in ten of the total - are now living overseas. That 1960s phenomenon, the Brain Drain, is back. Should we worry? The urge to wander the globe has been in the DNA of the British for centuries; it produced an empire and gave the world a universal language. Pushed by poverty or oppression at home and pulled by the lure of fortunes to be made overseas, we have proved a footloose nation. But the current burst of wanderlust is motivated by something rather different. We are the world's sixth biggest economy - few places offer better financial prospects for the talented and industrious. So why the exodus? Scratch an expat in any of the 100-plus countries that have sizeable British communities and you will rapidly find out. They will cite the coarsening of British society, the rudeness and the aggression on our unsafe streets, the dead hand of welfarism, hospitals that make you sick, not better - the list is long. One thing will be mentioned more than any other: that unchecked immigration over the past decade is creating a country many Britons no longer feel comfortable in. The Government, stung by the backlash against this in its own electoral backyard, yesterday published a Green Paper on citizenship. It is no more than window dressing, an attempt to show it is "doing something" about immigration when it has proved incapable of delivering the one thing that would actually have an impact - a strict curb on the inflow of immigrants. While economic immigration is healthy, what the OECD figures reveal, when set alongside the half a million foreigners coming here each year (nearly four million new arrivals since 1997) is a "churn" effect that is fundamentally transforming the make-up of our society. The highly skilled are being replaced by incomers who may be hard-working, may have trades - but are not as qualified. This has serious long-term implications, social as well as economic. Regrettably, the Government has so far shown it has not even started to grasp the significance of all this, let alone framed a serious response
  17. ...plenty in Sydney I know but anyone else up on the Central Coast ?
  18. Hi Im moving over to Melbourne from Perth in September 2011. I moved to Perth from Manchester in September last year. Would love to meet like minded girls for drinks, shopping, cinema etc. Im 30 and work in marketing - will be working in the city centre, not sure where I'll live - will also be looking for a female flatmate, similar age. If you'd like to meet up, or know anyone looking for a place to share email me nicolasutcliffe116@hotmail.com. Nic x
  19. Does anyone subscribe to the Brits moving to Australia website. Bit confused by there home page which states 'this in not a real web site. do not join!'. Anyone any first hand experience. Cheers Mike H :?
  20. Hi all, Myself and my partner are both from the UK and are living in Australia on a 457 visa. We are going to Croatia to get married in September, and returning to Sydney afterwards. We are now sorting out some of the required legal paperwork to get the relevant cert to get married. We have been told that we have to place an advert in a local daily paper for 7 days using specific wording about our intention to get married and then sending copies to the British High Commission in Canberra :confused: (seems crazy, but true) so we just called up Sydney Morning Herald and are absolutely stunned as we have been told this is going to cost us around $2000 :cry: to run a teeny tiny advert for 7 days. Thats insane! There must be another option.... Its all to do with getting married in a non-commonwealth country it seems. Has anyone here ever done what we're trying to do? Hoping someone can offer advice, I will be trying to get hold of someone at the British High Commission too.. no idea how easy that will be... Thanks in advance! Chris & Amanda
  21. The Pom Queen

    Less Brits moving Down Under

    The steep rise in the cost of living in Australia coupled with sterling’s 16.5% slump in value over the last year have put off migrating Brits from sailing off to our former colony to start a new life. Today the pound is worth just AU$1.50. “To put that in real terms, an English pensioner living in Australia on a £240 per week pension would last year have received AU$432, now they would only have AU$360 per week to live on.” Other currency specialists confirm the decline in British interest in Australian property. David Kerns, Dealing Manager at MoneyCorp blames the increasing strength of the Australian dollar which has been fuelled by its commodity exports, which in turn makes property in the country relatively more expensive to British expats. "Interest has dropped by 14% compared to last month as a result," he confirms. There’s little sign of improvement on either front. “Not only could the pound fall below AU$1.40 before bottoming out, but an interest rate rise is also expected in Australia in June, which will push mortgage and rental prices up even further.” Aussie consumers are already struggling to meet the recent increases in food, fuel and property prices
  22. Guest

    Brits that return home.

    Intrersting post on another thread. 60% return home, I thought it was much higher as I had read it was nearer 70% Since Labour came to power in 1997 1.8m British people have left but only 979,000 have returned. The majority of British emigrants settled in just four countries: Australia, New Zealand, France and Spain. At that rate Britain will be empty in 100 years.:no:
  23. Brits seek hotter climes, with Australia top destination for emigrants As the Winter gloom continues, recent research by leading foreign exchange provider, Moneycorp, reveals that 72% of Brits would consider moving abroad*. Australia is the favoured destination for people longing for a new start, with over a quarter (27%) of those surveyed eyeing up a life down under. Oz is particularly popular amongst the middle-aged, with 33% of those individuals looking to move to Australia aged between 35 and 44. Other idyllic destinations include the USA (12%), Spain (9%), Canada (7%), France (7%) and New Zealand (4%). For many, the British weather is the clincher, with a quarter (24%) of those considering emigrating citing climate as one of the reasons for going. The most popular reason is general quality of life, with over half (52%) of respondents suggesting that a lifestyle change would tempt them abroad. Other key factors include the UK economy (16%) and the UK political environment (12%). David Kerns, Personal Client Dealing Manager at Moneycorp comments: “Government cuts, tax increases and one of the coldest winters on records have made many people in the UK dream of starting a new life abroad. As we move into what is thought of as being the most depressing time of year, we expect to see a rising number of enquiries to Moneycorp from those looking to make a new start in places such as Australia, the USA and Spain.” Employment opportunities abroad are also a strong factor for making the move, with a fifth (20%) looking at moving overseas for work reasons. This is particularly true for males, with double the amount of men citing their job as a reason for emigrating compared to women (27% compared to 14%). While employment is a strong consideration for Brits thinking about emigrating, almost half (46%) do not necessarily believe that they would be able to get a better role overseas. Almost a fifth (19%) claimed that they will be looking to change profession when moving overseas, whilst a further 18% of those questioned are concerned about not being able to find a job abroad. Steven Lewis, Managing Director, The Network and International Sales Director, Totaljobs.com, adds: “This time of the year is traditionally one where we look to revaluate our lives and inevitably jobs are high on the list. Our own research into this area shows that UK jobseekers are overwhelmingly drawn to Anglophone countries, with the USA (62%), Australia (51%) and Canada (49%) the three most popularly cited countries they would want to work in. With our latest Totaljobs Barometer predicting uncertainty in the UK jobs market in the coming months, opportunities abroad seem to be all the more attractive for UK jobseekers. However, for those seeking brighter skies and better opportunities overseas, it is important they remember how competitive the market is and to ensure they consider the motivations of those they will be competing with for jobs.” Fluctuating exchange rates are of little concern to Brits thinking of moving abroad, with only 7% of respondents citing this as their main worry. This is despite two-thirds (66%) of individuals potentially needing to transfer money from the UK on a regular basis for a pension or salary. David Kerns continues: “We’d strongly advise anyone who is tempted to move abroad to put their finances first. The dream can be shattered if you haven’t thought about possible currency fluctuations and how you’ll transfer money to the country you are moving to. For instance, buying a house in Australia worth $250,000 will currently cost £27,000 more than it did this time last year due to changes in exchange rates. A foreign exchange specialist like Moneycorp can give you free expert guidance on the currency markets, and help you transfer your funds when the rates are in your favour.” We recommend using Moneycorp for all your international payments to and from Australia. Moneycorp will make it simple and save you money. Their experts will monitor the currency markets on your behalf – achieving the best possible rates of exchange. Using Moneycorp – The main benefits: Highly competitive exchange rates No cost and no obligation in opening a Moneycorp Account (you need to register with Moneycorp before you leave the UK) Ability to fix exchange rates for a set time period, helping protect from adverse currency movements With Poms in Oz, you won’t have to pay transfer fees on any currency transactions made through Moneycorp. Moneycorp can help you make the most of movements like this, helping you trade at the right time, in the right way – when rates are in your favour. Their expert Account Managers will proactively keep you updated on the currency markets and alert you to any significant changes relevant to you. Moneycorp testimonial "Looks like I bought just at the right time looking at the rate this morning!! I would just like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your help and for saving us so much money, than if we had just used our bank and I look forward to dealing with you again next year." Jacqui Contact details To talk to Moneycorp about making the most of their services call +44 (0)20 7589 3000 or visit their website at http://www.moneycorp.com/emigration Moneycorp office hours 7:30am – 10:30pm (UK Time) Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm (UK Time) Saturday *Based on a customer satisfaction survey completed in July 2010 **Research conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Moneycorp in December 2010
  24. Hi there 29 year old from North East England and single just moved into a shared flat in North Rocks. Just wonderered if anyone out there would like to meet up and have a craic! Look forward to hearing from you. Matt
  25. Thinking of moving there with my three children, 18,15 and 8 myself and my husband. Can anyone tell me what the area is like and the schools? x
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