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  1. For sale In Eastwood, Sydney is a large three seater sofa and two matching single seat recliners. All in expensive leather and hardly used. Selling due to moving into new house and it's too big! Photos in request. Cost around $3,000, will take $1,000.
  2. .... I'd be safe and warm, if I was in WA (or NSW/VIC/SA/QLD/TAS/NT/ACT/Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island, even Xmas Island!) Australiana dreaming, on such a Pommy day!'
  3. The Pom Queen

    Chubby Brown comes to Melbourne

    He is playing at the Crown Casino on the 7th May Roy Chubby Brown - Entertainment - Crown
  4. Guest

    Home made real Brown Bread!

    Has anyone managed to make the above successfully??? Really miss my real brown bread so if you have a recipe that works can you share it please. I've tried several times but it just wont work for me and I've been making brown bread very successfully at home for many years!! Thanks! :arghh:
  5. Guest

    £70K for Gordon Brown

    Mail on Sunday Gordon Brown to earn £70k per speach in USA. If I had the money I would pay him more than that, but he would have to go further away. How about the antartic for a couple of years. Maybe it would take £70k to jog his memory as to how he f**ked up the country.?

    Gordon Brown

    I could not stand that man glad he lost. Allways thought cameron would win :yellow_guy_smiling_
  7. Johnson Beharry, Victoria Cross hero, refuses to shake Gordon Brown's hand - Telegraph I remember saying in a previous post about Brown and how dis- interested he was at the ceremony. I hope this could be another nail in his coffin. Now the a*sh**e has written to the guy expressing his respect! ELECTION YEAR!!:arghh:
  8. lizzy27

    Brown snake on my driveway!!

    There was a brown snake on my driveway last night!!
  9. We have a 9 mth old Choc Brown fabric (suede effect) lounge suite..one 2 seater, one 3 seater...modern style $600 buyer collects from North Lakes, North Brisbane. Also, 7 piece wooden dining set.. Contact me for more info or pics Must be picked up by 16th Feb 2010 as we are going back to the UK :biggrin:
  10. Hi all Heads up for all you dog owners ,as the weather is warming up watch your mutts on walks ,the long slithrey things are awakin from there sleep and they can be a bit cranky . Went on a jog wi oh and dog down from burns beach ,fb (mutt) on long run leash going past ocaen reef harbour a very kind lady gave us a heads up bout mr brown (snake) and his mates , he was sunnin himself at the base of the steps on the path ,big bugga as well ad we had not known soft lad would have been on a long rein and gone for a sniff ,we saw a further 3 and another long brown thing unfortunately in the back of my shorts lol. Be aware and esoecially near water where the tiger snakes are as they as cranky as a woman with pms Mally
  11. Greenbank RSL (Browns Plains) Anyone else been to Greenbank RSL - we went there whilst on holiday in June, it's fab - you couldn't find a place like it here in Scotland. It was just one of the things that sealed our decision in moving to OZ that along with the sun, houses, possibility of job, family, things to do as a family.... the list is endless. Can't wait to get over but it's going to be ages yet.
  12. I do not think the recession in Australia will be anywhere as big as the UK, Gordon Brown is a clown and his refusal to raise personal tax while giving billions to unnecessary benefits to everyone and his dog has ruined the economy of this once great and prudent Country, I did not realise till I got back how bad this labour goverment is……Goodbye you Scottish idiot at the next election.
  13. kernow43

    Babcock and Brown finished

    It is starting here! Babcock shares worthless as banks bleed | The Australian Very bad and an indication on what is to come.
  14. Hi all, I thought that it was about time that I sat down and did the Brown family update as we have now been here almost a year. I need to post it now though because we are heading back to the uk for a holiday in a couple of weeks time! We (me OH,daughter & son) arrived in sunny oz a year ago now on a student visa, never having been before and not knowing a soul in oz, call us mad.....adventurous......crazy.....inspiring....well we have been called it all, but we were ready for that adventure. OH started his bricklaying course at Nambour TAFE a year ago, two days a week at TAFE, 1 day work experience and 20 hours a week working term time. When we first landed we had decided to get ourselves a 3 bedroom serviced apartment in Mooloolaba (so the kids wouldn't kill each other in the first couple of weeks) which was lovely. It was really nice to be able to have some space and cook if you wanted to or go out to dinner if you wanted to and be able to do washing and just chill out overlooking the sea. The first couple of weeks were mad sorting out the usual stuff (ABN/TFN/Cars/Insurance/bank accounts/schools, but we managed to rent a 6 bed house in Buderim which was lovely. The kids were enrolled in the state schools at Mountain Creek (one in Primary and one in High School). My son (then aged 10) loved it from day one and has settled brilliantly. My daughter (then aged 13) found the first couple of weeks really hard, but hasn't really looked back since then. She has made loads of friends and is now really settled. I think it is definately harder for teenagers to emigrate as they are old enough to know the great friends they are leaving behind, and aren't as forward as a 10 year old at making friends, just something to bear in mind if you are moving over with a teen. Having said that both of my children have settled brilliantly into Oz life and just love it. We were only in our rental a couple of weeks when we had been looking at houses to buy (but weren't really intending to buy for the first couple of years) and we found a house that was being sold at auction. We decided to bid at auction (having got our FIRB approval first)....and got the house! We moved in 28 days from winning the auction and absolutely love it. We have had a swimming pool put in (not for the feint hearted) and are just putting the finishing touches to it now. I worked in the local school on a casual basis for about 4 months and then I managed to get a part time job in a private school, which I started in January and it is great, as it fits in with the 20 hours a week and also with the kids school holidays as private schools generally have more holidays than the state schools. I was a bit worried about how we would all cope at Christmas and New Year without family, but we had a fantastic time and have made the most of every moment. We have also made some great friends over here and are loving the outdoor lifesyle and our trips to the beach and our camping expeditions. I will try and do a very quick summary of the positives/negatives for everyone just to try and let everyone know that I haven't got my rose tinted glasses on! Negatives: 1. Missing family and friends. I am not sure that this gets any easier as the time goes on. It is difficult for family left in England - them wanting you to do the best thing for you, but still knowing that means you will be on the other side of the world. I am in constant contact with clode family in England and you jusdt find different ways to keep that contatc going. 2. Since we have been over in Oz the immigration points changed. This now means that as well as doing the two year course, OH has to do an extra years work experience in order to get enough points for PR. 3. Cost. The cost of the student visa route is expensive, and there is no guarantee. But at the end of the day it was a risk that we were willing to take. Positives: 1. Family life. This has to be number one for us. We have found the OH finishes (work or college) and is usually home by 4pm which still gives himt ime to go to the beach. spend time with the kids and chill out. Days can be as cheap as you want them to be as its free parking most places. 2. Freedom for the children. My son now plays out in the close where we lkive and I know tha the is safe. 3. OH is being fast tracked on his bricklaying course (due to his previous bricklaying experience) and will finish later this year. 4. Lifestyle. The lifestyle in Oz is so much more outdoorsy and active. We have BBQ's at least twice/three times a week and just sit out at night as it is still fairly warm at night. The beaches are gorgeous and are only a 5 minute drive from where we live. 5. Shopping. i never thought that I would say this, but when we first arrived in Oz (never having been before) I wasn't really expecting much in the way of shops, but we have the Sunshine Plaza about 10 minutes away from us. An Ikea an hour's drive. Lovely shopping centres in Brisbane that is also only an hours drive away and I am in my element! I As I mentioned previously, we are going back to the UK to visit family in a couple of weeks as my Dad isn't very well. If it wsn't for that, then we probably wouldn't have gone back for a couple of years as there is nothing (apart from family) that I miss about the UK. I know that the Student Visa route isn't for everyone and that some people may have other options, but for us, it was our only option. We decided that life isn't a dress rehearsal and that we wanted to take the risk. I would hate to have looked back in 10 years time (when we would be too old to make the move) and think 'what if'. Apologies if it is a long update, but I didn't want to forget anything, but please let me know if there is anything else anyone wants to know or something that I can help with. Off to have my obligatory can of Bundy now :jiggy: Heather
  15. Guest

    Brown not resigning (DAMN)

    Gordon Brown will not resign amid continued speculation about plots to oust him, deputy leader Harriet Harman has insisted. Ms Harman admitted Britain had "not seen the best" of Mr Brown since he arrived at Number 10. But, speaking after more bad opinion poll ratings fuelled doubts over his future, Ms Harman said he was the "solution, not the problem". When asked if she thought the Prime Minister would be forced to resign, Ms Harman told GMTV: "No I don't. I have got a great deal of confidence in Gordon Brown, having worked with him for 25 years. "I can recognise that I don't think the British people have seen the best of him yet as Prime Minister. "But the reason I so strongly support him is because the big problems people are facing in this country at this moment are the economy, the cost of fuel and food prices. "And I think Gordon Brown, more than anybody, has done more over the last 10 years to make people better off." She added that many of the problems had arisen from the international economic downturn, insisting: "He is the solution, not the problem." One survey showed more than one in five Labour supporters thought Opposition leader David Cameron would make a better Prime Minister while another gave the Tories a 19-point lead. Mr Brown is currently on a family break in Suffolk. Damn and ive just wrapped his leaving present, oh well it ill keep brownie.:biglaugh:
  16. Guest

    Gordon Brown Song

    PLEASE READ THIS AS IF YOU ARE SINGING GOLDON BROWN BY THE STRANGLERS. Gordon Brown you are a knob. U are crap, please quit your job. If you do not, us brits will fly where it is safe, warm and dry. Always a frown with gordon brown. Gordon brown, you are a dick. You really do, make us all sick. we brits do think, the u.k`s on the brink. Why cant you see, that this is our plee. Always a frown with gordon brown. Gordon Brown its not just you. Theres another, thats just as poo. His name is Darling, with a nice parting. He has white hair, that makes us stare. We will all drown, with that dick Brown. Alistair, you are the same,this countries shagged and you are to blame. Why cant you see, that OZ is the key. Please do dispare, theres no room for you there. So please no more tax, its breaking our backs. Please get the UK, back on its trax. The end. :err:
  17. I was sent this yesterday thought you mite like to read it Britain Needs A Leader Like This! Prime Minister John Howard - Australia Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia , as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks. <B> Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation's mosques. Quote: 'IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT. Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.' </B> 'This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom' <B> 'We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society . Learn the language!' 'Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.' 'We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.' 'This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, 'THE RIGHT TO LEAVE'.' 'If you aren't happy here then LEAVE. We didn't force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.' </B> **********************************************************************
  18. While on his morning walk, Prime Minister Gordon Brown falls over, has a heart attack and dies because the accident and emergency dept at his nearest hospital is too understaffed to treat him in time. So his soul arrives in Heaven and he is met by Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates. "Welcome to Heaven," says Saint Peter, "Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a Socialist around these parts, so we're not sure what to do with you." "No problem, just let me in; I'm a good Christian; I'm a believer," says the PM. "I'd like to just let you in, but I have orders from God Himself. He says that since the implementation of his new HEAVEN CHOICES policy, you have to spend one day in Hell and one day in Heaven. Then you must choose where you'll live for eternity." "But I've already made up my mind. I want to be in Heaven," replies Brown. "I'm sorry .. But we have our rules," Peter interjects. And, with that, St. Peter escorts him to an elevator and he goes down, down, down ...all the way to Hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a lush golf course. The sun is shining in a cloudless sky. The temperature is a perfect 22C degrees. In the distance is a beautiful club-house. Standing in front of it is Harold Wilson and thousands of other Socialist luminaries who had helped him out over the years --- John Smith, Michael Foot, Jim Callaghan, etc. The whole of the Labour Party leaders were there .. Everyone laughing, happy, and casually but expensively dressed. They run to greet him, to hug him and to reminisce about the good times they had getting rich at the expense of 'suckers and peasants.' They play a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster and caviar. The Devil himself comes up to Brown with a frosty drink, "Have a tequila and relax, Gord!" "Uh, I can't drink anymore, I took a pledge," says Brown, dejectedly. "This is Hell, son. You can drink and eat all you want and not worry and it just gets better from there!" Brown takes the drink and finds himself liking the Devil, who he thinks is a really very friendly bloke who tells funny jokes like himself and pulls hilarious nasty pranks, kind of like the ones the Labour Party pulled with the European Constitution and the Education, Immigration, Tough on Crime promises. They are having such a great time that, before he realises it, it's time to go. Everyone gives him a big hug and waves as Brown steps on the elevator and heads upward. When the elevator door reopens, he is in Heaven again and Saint Peter is waiting for him. "Now it's time to visit Heaven," the old man says, opening the gate. So for 24 hours Brown is made to hang out with a bunch of honest, good-natured people who enjoy each other's company, talk about things other than money and treat each other decently. Not a nasty prank or short-arse joke among them. No fancy country clubs here and, while the food tastes great, it's not caviar or lobster. And these people are all poor. He doesn't see anybody he knows and he isn't even treated like someone special! "Whoa," he says uncomfortably to himself. "Harold Wilson never prepared me for this!" The day done, Saint Peter returns and says, "Well, you've spent a day in Hell and a day in Heaven. Now choose where you want to live for Eternity." With the 'Deal or No Deal' theme playing softly in the background, Brown reflects for a minute ... Then answers: "Well, I would never have thought I'd say this -- I mean, Heaven has been delightful and all -- but I really think I belong in Hell with my friends." So Saint Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down, all the way to Hell. The doors of the elevator open and he is in the middle of a barren scorched earth covered with garbage and toxic industrial wasteland, looking a bit like the eroded, rabbit and fox affected Australian outback, but worse and more desolate. He is horrified to see all of his friends, dressed in rags and chained together, picking up the roadside rubbish and putting it into black plastic bags. They are groaning and moaning in pain, faces and hands black with grime. The Devil comes over to Brown and puts an arm around his shoulder." I don't understand," stammers a shocked Brown, "Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a club-house and we ate lobster and caviar and drank tequila. We lazed around and had a great time. Now there's just a wasteland full of garbage and everybody looks miserable!" The Devil looks at him, smiles slyly and purrs, "Yesterday we were campaigning; today you voted for us!"
  19. Hi Everyone, Sorry I haven't put an update on before it's been a bit of a mad month! I am not sure if you will remember my last update, but we were in a rental house which we loved as it had a nice pool. Well guess what? We bought a house at auction...how scary is that?!!! :err: Bearing in mind that we had never been to an auction before let alone bid at one! We did do our homework before the auction though, and as we are on a temporary visa and wanted to bid over the $300,000 limit, we got our FIRB (Foreign Investment Review Board) approval prior to bidding at auction. In addition we also arranged the mortage beforehand and pest and building inspections (as there are white ants on the Sunshine Coast that eat away at houses!). We were trying to minimise our risks prior to auction day and I am glad to say that it paid off. The auction itself is just like you see on TV as it is held on the front garden of the house! About 50 people were there on the day and about 10 registered bidders, needless to say I was shaking inside, but my exterior was calm :-) We won the house after some furious bidding, and it was about $14,000 under what we were prepared to go to!! It was a bit mad as all the new neighbours came out and introduced themselves, which was lovely (We bought our house in Mountain Creek). We moved in last Friday when it was torrential rain, which was an absolute nightmare, but we are now very settled and loving it. Within five minutes of my son going out to play on Saturday he had already made loads of friends that were asking him to go around there houses (he is 10 years old), which I was really pleased about. Something to bear in mind is that we had only just had Allied Pickfords deliver our stuff about a month prior to moving, so if you are thinking of renting until you find a place to buy then it might be worth keeping your container in storage as you may be able to buy sooner than you think and this would save moving your things twice! Just to let you all know what happens when you break a rental lease with some rental agents (our lease was for a year and we were only there a couple fo months). You lose a weeks rent from your deposit and as it is you that is breaking the lease you have to show prospective people around. This was quite easy as we had five different sets of people at one time and there were several applications to rent the house. You are liable for the rent until they move in, but in our case it is only a week which is excellent. I think thats it for now, but if you have any questions then please by all means ask away and I will try and answer as best I can! Heather
  20. Hi all, Apologies for not posting much but it's been a busy few weeks! We have moved into our rental house (which is lovely) about 4 weeks ago. Our container arrived about 2 1/2 weeks ago which was great....however customs took a liking to my new leather sofa's and put a 7 inch gash in the back of one (we were insured and are now claiming from the insurance). Couple of other things were slashed and having spoken to the removal guys who were brilliant, they said that they haven't seen as many things damaged before!! Both kids have now started at Mountain Creek (High School & First School) and they are both getting on great. There seems to be lots of activities that they can get involved in as well which is great (ie. golf lessons etc). OH has started his bricklaying course at Nambour which is going ok (Mon/Tues/Weds) although they have now been told they have to do an extra 440 hours on top of the 900 hours already known about (as well as their studying, which was confirmed by the TAFE). OH has also started working 2/3 days a week bricklaying, which is excellent (Had to apply for work rights on student visa and set him up with an Australian Business Number and OH had to get his 'blue card'). We are in the process of arranging a mortgage (know an excellent mortgage broker if anyone needs one...thanks to our agent ;-) and we are looking for a house within Mountain Creek at the moment. For any of you guys that don't know about how to buy a property in Oz it is really quick!! You make an offer on house/agree a price/ and then sign a contract (usually 30 days with some conditions...Foreign Investment Review Board Approval due to Student Visa) and if all goes according to plan then you move in in 30 days time. :spinny: With all of that sorted it might be time for me to find a job now (only part time of course!!) Apologies for the long post but kept thinking of more things that people might want to know about! Heather
  21. Guest

    Brown Family Update

    Hi all, Just to let you all know that we arrived safely in Mooloolaba on Monday after a lovely five hour stopover in Hong Kong for shopping. For those of you that are studying in Mooloolaba it is absolutely gorgeous and one of my favourite places so far. We have also been doing a reccie of other areas and Nambour was also lovely, very much a rainforrest setting, and for those of you that are studying in Nambour the TAFE and its setting is gorgeous. The first thing that we have noticed is that everyone is sooooooooooo friendly and has the time to ask how you are doing etc etc which is really nice. Well it has been a really busy couple of days and we have decided to try and settle in Mountain Creek, which really appealed to us. It is extremely hard to get the kids into this school as it has a really small catchment area......but we have finally managed to rent within it (sign the lease next Wednesday and we are thrilled) It is quite expensive to rent in Mooloolaba/Mountain Creek but we are delighted as we managed to secure a six bedroom with pool for a year. The only negative that I can think of so far is the rental system over here. Becuase the rentals are so few and far between, they hold 'open houses' and this means that we viewed a house the other day and there were another 20 people also viewing. But due to the tips that I had picked up from PIO (credit references/utility bills/mortgage statements etc) we managed to secure our house over some Ozzies which is a bit weird!!! Anyway enough of the babbling, good luck to those that are about to come over (Especially Yvonne/Paul & Nigel and Wife). Will keep you all posted. Heather XXX
  22. Stuju

    The Gordon Brown Story !!!

    The Gordon Brown Story – Oh ye who have faith in politicians. Gordon Brown bought an old donkey from a farmer for £100, but when the farmer delivered the donkey the following day it had died on the way. G.B. asked for his money back, but the farmer said he had spent it, so G.B. said to unload the dead donkey anyway. The farmer asked what GB was going to do with the dead donkey. GB said “I am going to raffle it off”. The farmer said “you cannot raffle off a dead donkey”. GB said “of course I can – just watch me – I won’t bother to tell anyone it is dead”. A month later the farmer met up with GB and asked him what had happened with the raffle. GB said “I raffled him off and sold 500 raffle tickets at £2 each, and made a huge profit on the raffle”. The farmer was totally amazed and asked “did nobody complain you had stolen their money because you had lied about the donkey being dead ?” GB said “the winner was the only one to find out the donkey was dead when he came to collect the donkey. So I gave him back his £2 raffle ticket money plus an extra £200 which as you know is double the going rate for a donkey, so he thought I was a great guy”. Gordon Brown eventually became the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and no matter how many times he lied, or how much money he stole from the British voters, as long as he gave them back some of the stolen money, most of them unfortunately still thought he was a great guy. The moral of this story ? If you think that GB is about to play fair and do something for the British voters, think again, because in reality you would be better off flogging a dead donkey I thought this was very good :biglaugh:
  23. Guest

    Calling The Brown Family

    Hi, Your student visa which agent did you use in the end? And what was the cost? I'm applying for Hairdressing in Brisbane and am using studyoptions & the agent I was going with is Ian Harrop cost of visa alone is £799+ vat is this good or expensive? Any help much appreciated. everytime I come on this site my 18month old just won't leave me alone,his a cheeky little monkey!!!!!! bfn BOOBEAR
  24. Guest

    Brown Family Update!!

    Hi all, Apologies for not updating you all sooner, but it's been a bit of a whirlwind here :jiggy: We sold our house to the first person that looked round it last week, and they are cash buyers and no chain involved so it should all go through in about 6 weeks. OH has been accepted onto the bricklaying course in Nambour starting 9th July this year :biglaugh: Visa is being lodged on Monday (have put all the required information together my end) and once lodged we need to arrange the meds asap. Have sold one of our cars (need the other one until we go), in process of selling the caravan. We are having a quote for the shipping next week from Allied Pickfords (and thanks for the tip about 50kg baggage allowance from the CD, it really is true with Emirates) so well worth looking into..... With the house selling so quickly and no chain it means that if we wanted to we can go at the end of May (we haven't decided yet) as you can go 6 weeks in advance of course start date on student visa. But if we did it would give the kids some time off, ready to start school 10th July after the school hols in Oz. Apologies for the long thread but there has been so much going on :biggrin: . I will keep you all posted :wub: Heather
  25. 'I feel good' Hubby recieved his skills assessment confirmation yesterday. I found myself at the kitchen sink (where I good wife should be!!!) crying tears of joy and feeling scared at the same time at what this means. So come the new year the 136 goes in. Xmas hugs to all and may all your visas be granted!