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  1. Guest

    oz dreams in tatters

    Hey everyone, just looking for a bit of moral support on this one. It would seem that for the time being my dreams of going to OZ have fallen flatly on their face, my oh and I have just split up yesterday after 6 and a half years together and I really dont know what to do next. Do I retrain to get qualify to get there on my own with my daughter or do I just accept it and move on any advice would be great as I really dont know what to do next ........ thanks in advance Fiona
  2. I have been looking at houses in Peppermint Grove in Perth. I have found a nice little pad for $2.4 million - if only!!! Where would you live if money were no object?
  3. Guest

    Shattering Dreams.

    Just got back from dropping my youngest off at college for her new start to her 'career'. She is doing a health and beauty two year course at our local college. Now I and she will freely admit that this was not her first choice, she is very sporty and did well in her Btec exams, but as with youngest she will choose the 'easier' path rather than think of another three years in uni, but I dare say she will keep going at this and maybe one day decide to follow a different path, BUT. As I dropped her off there were several mums and dads dropping their offspring off at the school next to the college. As normal you hear conversations, one little girl (around 11 I imagine) said to her mum. 'I'd like to do that when I leave school' pointing at the group of Herbert's waiting to go into college. Without pause the mum says. 'Oh no you won't you will get a 'proper' job, you don't want to end up like them'.:mad::mad: I decided that the best course of action was to drive away and hopefully 'catch' the mum as she crossed the road in front of me,:shocked::policeman::biglaugh:. But my point is this. Whilst I freely admit tat the course my youngest has taken is not my first choice not once did I ever say to her 'YOU CAN'T DO THAT'. We have talked about it, what she hopes to achieve, and that her future plans may be, but I have always backed her up if at all possible and made sure she knows that WHATEVER she does if it makes her happy, then fair play, that's it as far as I am concerned. So why oh why do so many 'adults' believe certain jobs are not worthy of their children. Surely (within reason) it is the child's decision, of course with input from their parents, but to say you can't/won't do a certain job is beyond me. Surely if someone wants to be a road sweeper :notworthy: and is happy that is all that should concern us isn't it? Why do so many people (and it is still very prevalent) look upon choices in work and immediately stigmatise certain professions because they may not afford people the luxury of heaps of money, a big house and the like, is it a 'snobbish' attitude still, or are people really this short sighted to believe that the country can still function without many doing the so called 'menial' jobs.:mad::mad::mad: Cheers Tony.
  4. I have read and heard many theories about our dreams, some say it is an outlet for our inner emotions, some say nothing more than an escape from the modern day world, who knows. But all the same we all dream and often remember little or as the day goes on we forget them. But last night I had the weirdest one ever, well at least the weirdest I can put up on a family forum.:embarrassed: It only seemed to last no more than a minute or so, but I reckon it was longer. Anyway, I envisaged a pig, little one it was, and his mum and other brothers and sisters were running toward a hill, but the pig couldn't run as he had a very badly broken leg, all tucked up under him and for all his might he just couldn't keep up and tried in vein to call to his family, but no use, he hobbled and dragged himself, but he just couldn't make it. But the strange thing is that the pig transformed into a human, couldn't recognise the fella involved, but he too had the broken leg and was crying for his family to come back and get him, but they just kept running away. Seriously, I woke up in tears, really sobbing I was, after a cuppa and a ciggie I soon enough regained a sense of reality, but it was one of those dreams that really hit home, and unlike many others I can remember it very vividly during waking hours. I have NO idea what it means, but if my family ask me to go for a walk today over the fields, and my good lady is holding a hammer, I'M NOT GOING.:mad::idea::shocked::biglaugh: So what's the weirdest dream you have had and did it make any sense at all? Cheers Tony.:wink:
  5. theonetruechris

    Childhood dreams

    So very excited. Well its only taken nigh on thirty years but I've finally taken up kendo, still as they say all good things to those who wait. Lets hope it lives up to the hype. Anyone else got things they're always planning doing and never get round to. Another one of mines hang-gliding and that motorcycle obstacles type thing off of kick-start.
  6. Guest

    Sweet Dreams . . .

    What are you dreaming of? :jiggy: What is the one thing that you wish you had at the moment? Or is there one lifelong dream that you want to fulfil? Although Im a little worried about some of the possible answers, please share your dreams below :wideeyed::shocked::embarrassed::wink:
  7. Guest

    Grand Design Dreams

    Something to get the imagination going; All fantasy just for fun this is not about real expectations :spinny: You know those dreams of winning the lottery & all the things you'd do with the money. Well other than a few specific plans to help family & a couple of select friends. I never really new what I'd like for myself. I've never been one to dream of owning a Ferrari, or house with a swimming pool & all the gadgets, I'm definitely not into all the latest bling. However I knew I'd want a house. But what kind ? I could never imagine the kind of house that would really suit ME & enhance my lifestyle & interests. Inspiration for a dream home dawned once whilst at cinema watching Harry Potter lol. Now don't get ahead of me here, I'm not going to say I want to live in Hogwarts, architecturally awesome as it is, there's far too many children & way too much hustle & bustle for a quiet soul like me...No seriously I like peace & tranquillity with my decadence .LMAO :biglaugh: So whilst waiting for the film to start an Epiphany dawned upon my creative self. What I need to do. Is win the Lottery & buy a small regional cinema, that has all the lovely baroque frills & flounces still in place, & didn't get turned into a bingo hall. Then working on the design with an architect & builder convert the inner space to some kind of liveable area compatible with my tastes & requirements as the eccentric bohemian I am. So now my head is full of quite viable designs for a kind of apocalyptic baroque galleried space. that one could literally ride a custom motorbike right inside, through the front door. A fabulous space born of movie mayhem & decadent style. theatrical, dramatic & gothically flamboyant would suit my personality. its an achievable scheme..... Of course this not quite the Australian dream property, unless they have small grandly decorated cinemas the have fallen into disuse ? I'm very fond of Colonial style & love Queenslanders but again these are dreams to fuel the imagination. So what would be your grand design ? Given the illusive lottery win ? A new york loft style, country cottage , Barn conversion, windmill, dockside penthouse. What would you create for yourself & the life you lead ? Choose a property style that shows something about your character. Look forward to reading some replies. I haven't figured out how to properly post pics on here yet but please include pics of what style property you'd love if given the chance.
  8. Just wondered what your answers would be? how much would you sacrifice or when would you say enough is enough and a dream is all it will be? me and jamie are having this disscusion just now, hes very sensible, plays it safe, paints the walls magnolia etc although not boring, i am the total opposite want it all yesterday, jump now think later, so for me id keep going and going until i acheived my goal, jamie on the other hand is unsure if now is the time to draw a line under it?? We received a brochure today for a new build dev nearby and surprisingly we could afford the house we would like, so we started chatting and its lead to this post. If we keep going our only route maybe the student to try and get jamie sponsored by an employer BUT this would mean giving up well payed jobs, selling the house and using all collateral in it, the opportunity to buy the new build weve always wanted and other general things to follow our dreams with a decent amount of risk, no certainty it will work, if it doesnt we come back with nowt and have to start again, but if it does work we will have the dream and goal weve been trying to attain for 4 years, so how much would you give up and when is enough really enough? kelly:wubclub:
  9. Hi I am new to Poms in Oz but need to share my story at the moment. Need to get it out of my system and hopefully someone may be able to help and advise me on how to rebuild my life. My husband and I came out from UK 2008, I was pregnant and we were looking forward to being a family and new beginnings. When my daughter was born my husband changed, he became jealous of the baby and sometimes acted strange and it would worry me that he was putting baby at risk, nothing serious but would ignore her etc. We are both 30 and had been together for 9 years. Anyway when she was 9 months old he walked out and left us, we had just been given PR. Cos I did not fight for him, I was worn out with all the fighting and new baby etc. He later decided that he wanted the baby and we are now going to court as I want to return to the UK with the baby and he is refusing, it is really a power and control thing with him. It has cost me a lot of money, some sent from my parents in UK. He has also just moved in with a new partner who has a child and he is playing the virtuous father so she can be his witness in court. If I am allowed to return to UK with baby there will be lots of conditions put in place about keeping a relationship going etc. He has been abusive and difficult during the times he has access to our daughter. I don't know if I can cope with all the conditions etc., don't know what they could be.. but I would still have to have contact with him. The thing is my dreams and hopes for my family and especially our daughter have now been destroyed and if we get to return to the UK I will be going back with no money, no house, no job and no confidence or self esteem. Do I stay and become even more depressed and put my daughter through this or do I go back to the UK and start again. I know it will take some time. Sorry for moaning on but just need to express how I feel at the moment.
  10. Is this the start of the bubble bursting? MORE than 90,000 recent first-homebuyers will be forced out of their homes because interest rates have risen faster than expected. Crushing dreams of 90,000 families | The Daily Telegraph
  11. I know there have been posts regarding the huge drop in value of the sterling against the Aussie dollar, but what I want to ask is ... is this putting people off going? Are people having second thoughts?? Do you feel your dream gradually slipping away?? Our journey started just over two years ago in January 2008, that's when we made the decision to go for it. At the time the Aus$ was worth nearly 2.5/£1. And our house was on the market for considerably more than it is on for now!! Two years down the line, we have the VISA (that's a fabulous feeling!), but still can't sell the house and the Aus$ is at 1.65/£1. The chances are we're going to have to lower the price again in order to sell the house, don't know why we don't give it away!! So in house terms, at the start we had equity of approx £100k at $2.5 = $250k to start a new life down under.... the reality (now).. we'll be lucky if we're left with £20k from the house at $1.65 = $33k!! OMG... never put the figures down in black and white before... how depressing!! Don't sell I hear you say, well unfortunately my husband's business went under leaving us in a 'little' debt so we have to sell just to clear everything and to have piece of mind. Our motives were never to go because of what we could get over there, it's always been about the lifestyle and quality of life, better for the kids etc.... But that's not to say that having some security wasn't desirable. The really annoying thing is that it's all due to factor completely beyond our control.:arghh: So what would you do?? Jules
  12. Hi all PIOs I was wondering if you could offer me some advice. I recently had a break up with my girlfriend and even thought it was heartbreaking I have just met probably the most awesome girl ever :biggrin: the problem now is that I have to leave Oz in 5 weeks, what options do we have, thought it might be worth mentioning that she feels the same way about me :biglaugh: Thanks Wes
  13. Hello all:biggrin: We are having a family trip to WA in March/April for a few weeks and wonder if anybody can throw some ideas our way as to where to stay in the Fremantle/Cottesloe area. We are a family of 4 - 2 adults - 2 kids 8 & 3 and ideally a recommendation for a villa, house, decent quality complex which is family but not over done with commercialism. Decent quality without busting the budget! Have done most of Australia, this is 1st time in WA and is my last chance to persuade the wife that OZ is for us so...... the location has to blow her away - any help here would be so well received ---- cant afford to slip up! Matt - in last chance saloon:sad:
  14. Hi all, had a very sad phone call today from a mate that i met at our vetassess skills assessment in july 08. He informed me that he was literally a week from obtaining his visa. Only 6 weeks ago he was requested, after obtaining ss vic ,to continue to his pc s and meds at a cost of over £1500, not to mention the money he spent on the assessment and agent fees. He now feels that his children will be to old in 2012 to make the move. I feel for him as he is a very good electrician. I just feel so lucky that i have a visa as we both completed our skills assessments on the same day. If not for some good , quick advice on this forum when the last changes were made to switch visas quickly(175 to 176) there could have been another families lifes shattered!! Something needs to be done about this ASAP, If i can help out in any way please let me know. Alan McGuire.
  15. Well was hoping to post good news sold house in June after waiting a year for another buyer after being let down last year. Due to exchange last friday and the B........ds pulled out myself and my husband are just about suicidal now half the house packed as was due to be flying out in a few weeks vets bills paid flights deposit on rental all half my business gone as lease up on 31st July so let another practitioner take on the lease all gone now cannot get refund on anything estate agents couldn't care a hoot haven't stopped crying is this dream ever going to happen feel like our life has been on hold for the last 4 years but this time everything seemed to be slotting into place. So sorry to whinge but truly devastated just need to get it out:sad:
  16. For the last 8 weeks I have had problems with my hip, something i have mentioned on a previous thread as i was worried about my medical. I basically got up on the monday morning and my leg gave way from under me. Since then ive had muscle spasms and severe pain in my hip to the extent that Ive been off work for the last two weeks on bed rest. When I try to walk, as stupid as it sounds i dont know if my left leg would come with me and at one point i couldnt even lift it off the floor and could def not put all my weight on my left leg. Anyway, after my gp thinking i had ligament damage for a while i was eventually referred to a consultant via my private medical insurance. He arranged for me to have an x-ray which gave us no answers. On wednesday I had an MRI scan and yesterday i went for the results. To be honest from Monday i had been able to reduce the amount of pain killers i had been taking and my walking had become a lot easier, so i was expecting not to find out much and at a push maybe need an injection into my hip joint to help speed up the mending process. Well unfortunately that wasnt the case. The MRI scan has highlighted the fact that I have a tumour in my bladder and possibly a secondary in my hip. If it isnt a secondary in my hip it could be that the tumour is pressing on the blood supply to my hip and therefore the bone is dying. To say i am shell shocked and scared is an understatement. Im so scared! I have to go for a full body bone scan on Monday to see if there are anymore tumours else where and im also seeing my urology man to talk about a biopsy and possibly the removal of the tumour. After that i suppose i wont know until i get some test results, one thing i do know is that for now, my Australia dream is over or on hold at least. Thanks everyone for answering all my questions and offering help, i really appreciate it. I dont know the purpose of this post really, i just needed to write things down i think. Emma x
  17. The Station Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent. We are travelling by train. Out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of smoke pouring from a power plant, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of mountains and rolling hills, of city skylines and village halls. But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day, at a certain hour we will pull into the station. Bands will be playing and flags will be waving. Once we get there so many wonderful dreams will come true and the pieces of our lives will fit together like a completed jigsaw puzzle How restlessly we pace the aisles, damning the minutes for loitering - waiting, waiting for the station. When we reach the station that will be it!! We cry, "When I'm 18..." "When I buy a new 450 SL Mercedes Benz... "When I put the last kid through college..." "When I have paid off the mortgage.." "When I get a promotion..." "When I reach retirement I shall live happily ever after! Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly outdistances us. It isn't the burdens of today that drive people mad. It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us of today. So; stop pacing the aisles and counting the miles. Instead, climb more mountains, eat more ice-cream, go barefoot more often, swim more rivers, watch more sunsets, Laugh more, cry less, life must be lived as we go along. The station will come soon enough. -- Author unknown
  18. Hey Well, it's been an eventful few weeks for us since I was last on here! I've left my school and have a new job, seeing how things work out at this place, I may well be putting the move on hold for a while (at least until my Masters degrees finished and we've sold the house after this ruddy recession!) Anyhoo, my cousin wants us to come to Oz for Christmas, and I'm dying to get back out there (it'll have to be over the xmas holidays because of work) Would anyone be able to give me an idea of when the best time may be to buy our tickets? And also any companies to use? We've tried ebookers and singapore and emirates directly, I'm as always a bargain hunter :smile: so would like to get a good deal Hope all is going well for everyone else's dreams
  19. Guest

    Dreams slipping away...

    Well up to this week we were going great guns with the visa! but now ive lost my job (thank you mr Brown!) and O/H (main app) has only managed to get 1 day of work in all week..mix of crap weather, and just no work round here! We have therefore reached the crap conclusion that we cannot carry on with the application. We have already spent nearly £2k, but have no more money!!! and the little bit we have saved, is now, not the oz fund, but the getting by fund. Just hoping to be in a position to start again in 12 mths or so............... So depressed i could just cry! again........:cry:
  20. Guest

    Anxiety Dreams....

    I am only in the early stages now but seem to have had a few anxiety dreams. 1. On an aeroplane and we were trying to get to Aus but the flight was delayed, then couln't get to Brisbane. Every time the plane stopped they said sorry we're not there yet! 2. The huntsman spider.....various!! One of them was the spider was on the floor and an Australian man was saying "oh yep, they usually run towards you! they are out to get you you know". !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3. Latest was I was in Aus but as a kid with my mum and dad. There was a crocodile outside and we couldn't go out. Then if we popped our head out of the window he did a peter pan croc jump up to us! After that I discovered a red back spider and as he ran accross the bed I jumped off and stepped on it feeling poison in my foot. Screaming get me to the hospital and trying to lie down still as I know that's what you do! Was in A & E and packed with people and laying on the floor. My dad gave me a milkshake with cranberries in which was delicious "that will sort you out love" he said and I felt much better. What is going on.....think a fear of wildlife perhaps :biglaugh:. Would like to hear any of your anxiety dreams and from any dream experts!!!!!! Bernie.