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  1. Be aware of the new law regarding CGT. Evidently you need to sell before the middle of this year in order to still be exempt from CGT.
  2. Hello Everyone! I am an expat doing her PhD at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia. My dissertation aims to develop a further understanding about expatriate's overseas working experiences and how to improve it.I want to invite you to take part in my PhD survey. To do so, You have to be an expatriate living and working overseas for 6 months or more. To complete the survey please go to: https://tinyurl.com/ycxqmsu9.Please feel free to share this survey with friends, coworkers or family members. I appreciate your time and help with completing this survey as you will be helping other expatriates like you better adjust to their new cultural environment and helping me complete my dissertation. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!Best regards,Roxy
  3. Conniebygaslight

    ExPat Mortgages

    We are in the process of arranging an expat mortgage to enable to us to buy a property back in the UK in time for our return. The main reason for this is the security of already having a mortgage in place here and will give us breathing space until hubby finds work back home. We intend to change to a standard mortgage when we are up and running. Just wanted to let PIO members know they are available for investment or returnees or if anyone has experience of these they wanted to share. Thanks.
  4. ashbash11

    Expat blogs

    Hi everyone, I'm looking for expat blogs - what are your favourites? Any from poms living in Oz? ash
  5. As you may or may not know the old TRA (trade test thingy) has been abolished and in its place a company called vetassess now tests you on theory as well as practical skills,cost around £1000 and which you have to pass in order to obtain your Trades skilled migrant visa. Unless your straight out of college or know just about everything from unblocking a toilet to solving a fault within a boiler which is hidden within a thermo electric solonoid valve it all seems to me a bit daunting.. Now don't get me wrong I know my job but ,best will in the world I don't know the theoretical side of everything in a trade which covers such a vast area from draining (inside and out) to domestic heating to sheet metal roofing commercial and industrial practices,gas domestic hot and cold water...etc etc If we could all help each other in at least gathering info on what kind of questions we'd expect or the best place to find Australian bylaws for revision purpose etc ..its a lot of money to loose and a big disapointment should you faulter on this so i'd to have half a chance by knowing what their likely to be asking any thoughts??
  6. Starting out in 2010 we are a UK & Irish focused broadcast radio station operating in Melbourne's East. Will stream later. If this interests you in any way, we'd like you to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing you and hearing from you. RogerRadio PS. We think this is both an announcement and a request to expats.
  7. Guest

    Expats in Sydney

    I'm looking to speak to British ex-pats living in the Sydney area for research for a documentary series for ITV (UK). I'm interested in talking to everyone and anyone who has moved to Sydney or the surrounding area from the UK. I'm not looking for any commitment at this stage, I'd just love to hear about your experiences. What is life really like as a Brit on the other side of the world? Have your dreams come true or has your move to Australia not turned out as planned? What challenges have you faced in pursuing a new life away from the UK? Are you making the big move soon and are you excited / nervous? What’s it like leaving loved ones behind? Have you found your dream job? If you're interested in telling your story or you'd like to know more please contact Patrick at Century Films I look forward to hearing from you.
  8. A CHURCHGOER ripped out his eyeballs as a priest gave Sunday mass yesterday. British-born Aldo Bianchini, 46, stood up calmly and tore them out with his bare hands then collapsed in a pool of blood. His mother tried to help him as the priest called for help. But surgeons were unable to save his sight. He told doctors in Viareggio, Italy, he "heard voices" telling him to rip out his eyes. Dr Gino Barbacci said: "To do that requires superhuman strength." Priest Lorenzo Tanganelli, who continued his service after the horror, said: "I've never seen so much blood." In the Bible, Jesus says: "If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell."
  9. The Pom Queen

    A British Expat in Perth

    An Aussie friend sent me this today, I'm sure it's been posted before but for those who haven't seen it, here is a diary of a British Expat in Perth. *DIARY OF A POMMIE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA August 31 - Just got transferred with work from Leeds UK to our new home in Karratha, Western Australia. Now this is a town that knows how to live! Beautiful, sunny days and warm, balmy evenings. I watched the sunset from a deckchair by our pool yesterday. It was beautiful. I've finally found my new home. I love it here. September 13 - Really heating up now. It got to 31 today. No problem though. Living in air-conditioned home, driving air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to see the sun every day like this. I'm turning into a sun-worshipper - no blasted rain like back in Leeds!! September 30 - Had the back yard landscaped with tropical plants today. Lots of palms and rocks. No more mowing lawns for me! Another scorcher today, but I love it here. It's Paradise! October 10 - The temperature hasn't been below 35 all week. How do people get used to this kind of heat? At least today it's windy though. Keeps the flies off a bit. Acclimatizing is taking longer than we expected. October 15 - Fell asleep by the pool yesterday. Got third degree burns over 60% of my body. Missed three days off work. What a dumb thing to do.. Got to respect the old sun in a climate like this! October 20 - Didn't notice Kitty (our cat) sneaking into the car before I left for work this morning. By the time I got back to the car after work, Kitty had died and swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stuck to the upholstery. The car now smells like Whiskettes and cat ****. I've learned my lesson though: no more pets in this heat. October 25 - This wind is a bastard. It feels like a giant *blow dryer. And it's hot as hell! The home air conditioner is on the blink and the repair man charged $200 just to drive over and tell me he needs to order parts from Perth ......The wife & the kids are complaining. October 30 - The temperature's up around 40 and the parts still haven't arrived for the air conditioner. House is an oven so we've all been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights now. Bloody $600,000 house and we can't even go inside. Why the hell did I ever come here? November 4 - Finally got the air-conditioner fixed. It cost $1,500 and gets the temperature down to around 25 degrees, but the humidity makes it feel about 35. Stupid repairman. thief. November 8 - If one more smart bastard says 'Hot enough for you today?' I'm going to throttle him. By the time I get to work, the car radiator is boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet and I smell like baked cat. November 9 - Tried to run some errands after work, wore shorts, and sat on the black leather upholstery in my car. I thought my arse was on fire. I lost 2 layers of flesh, all the hair on the backs of my legs and off my arse. Now the car smells like burnt hair, fried arse and baked cat. November 10 -- The Weather report might as well be a recording.. Hot and sunny. Hot and sunny, Hot and sunny. It never changes! It's been too hot to do anything for 2 months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week. November 15 - Doesn't it ever rain in this damn place? Water restrictions will be next, so my $5,000 worth of palms might just dry up and blow into the pool. The only things that thrive in this hell-hole are the flies. You don't dare open your mouth for fear of swallowing half a dozen of the little bastards! November 20 - Welcome to HELL! It got to 45 *degrees today. Now the air conditioner's gone in my car. The repair man came to fix it and said, 'Hot enough for you today?' I wanted to shove the car up his arse. Anyway, had to spend the $2,500 mortgage payment to bail me out of jail for assaulting the stupid prick. Karratha! What kind of sick, demented idiot would want to live here! December 1 - WHAT!!!! The FIRST day of Summer!!!! You are flipping kidding me! *
  10. The Pom Queen

    British Expat Naked Pole Dance

    A young back packer is up in arms after she was caught on film outside the Asylum Backpackers in Cairns last month. The video of her doing a strip tease and naked pole dance in the street, went viral and ended up being broadcast around the world both on the TV and the internet. The art student says it is an invasion of her privacy and her parents in Kendal (UK) are refusing to speak with her. We were all young once weren't we, although I can't remember stripping in the middle of the town:biggrin:
  11. Guest

    Ex-pat Mortgages

    Hi all Like many of you on here, we have decided (after a recent trip back to the UK) that long term, Oz is not for us. In saying that we have a lot going on at the moment and are not looking at moving immediately- we are thinking more within the next 2-4years. I am from the Uk & my husband is Australian, and at the moment we do not own a house in either country (we rent), what I'm wondering is where to start with an Ex-Pat mortgage? The whole thing is a completely new concept to us, as we were thinking about maybe buying a house over there while we still lived here and renting it out until that date that we decided to move back. I have searched a few things on the net, but have come out with very limited amount of info. I just really wanted to know an info that anyone could provide us, e.g. deposits required, how payments are made, at this point anything would help Thankyou so much for anyone who can give us an insight into this, we really appreciate it :biggrin:
  12. Anyone dealt with Global Qrops
  13. Hello Fellow Poms in Oz, I am anticipating a return to the UK, but wanting to buy a place there before we get back for us to move into. Does anyone have any advice on specialized Mortgages? both of our earnings are in dollars with Australian based firms. My understanding is that these types of mortgages do exist, but in truth I am not sure where start... Does anyone know anything about this type of thing? Thanks for your help!
  14. Guest

    The Expat, Which Are You?

    Hi folks, NO THIS NOT MY DOING, (don't blame me for the length) I nicked this thread of another forum (with permission,:wubclub:) Interesting article, so which one/mixture are you, or do you have a different category to put up? Would be intersting to see others viewpoints.:yes: You may have to replace a few words (especially Egypt) with Australia though as I couldn't edit it. Cheers Tony.:wink: 1. The Closet Depressive The closet depressive is my favourite figure. By day this expat is cheery as a spring flower; at home, alone, when the windows and doors are shut, she stares at the floor in the corner. She always turns a smiling face to you, not because she is trying to fake happiness, but more because she doesn't want to bring you into her depression. Her depression is too personal to share. It is too deep. Only Buddha could fathom the suffering. The closet depressive runs from sincerity, lies to herself about her situation until she actually convinces herself - albeit temporarily - of an international bliss. She never complains nor wearies your ears with harangues. But some days you may not see her; she has stayed home, brooding in silent sadness, thinking about how wonderful it is to be in a new culture. 2. The Cultural Pluralist The cultural pluralist, through and through, wants you to know that your ethnocentrism is real and that it is really quite nasty, actually. She tries to win over your prejudices and convince you that this other type of lifestyle you're immersed in, though "different," though dissimilar to your own traditions and habits, is an alternative lifestyle that is just as equally valid, vital, normal, worthwhile, and meaningful as your own, or as a previous life you remember with nostalgia.The cultural pluralist is always open to new experiences, new foods, new people. She is learning the language and developing extended conversations with taxi cab drivers and juice bar owners. She is the sort that you sometimes hope is a closet depressive. 3. The Drifter She decided to take a year abroad, not because she has specific plans to study Arabic or network ties at US AID, but because it "looked like a good option at the time." She finds herself sometimes wandering aimlessly about the streets, not really committed to any particular plan or agenda. She is just as happy to meet a local as another foreigner. In the back of her mind she believes in fate and destiny, though she may just shrug her shoulders about this if confronted. She hopes that something greater than herself has pulled her here. Around every corner she is waiting for that force of destiny to manifest itself in a convincing way. The drifter is your friend, but she is everyone's friend as well, because she is secretly searching for meaning, and wondering if she can find it with you, or with the person next to you. 4. The Escapee The escapee wasn't necessarily living a crumbling life in the poor corner of town before shipping off to Egypt. Usually the escapee was just bored. He longed for something unusual and different. He is the sort that believes interest correlates with distance: the farther away a country is, the more interesting it must be. For the first several months, the escapee, being immersed in freshness of culture, sees life anew. He can barely walk straight for the hundreds of images, noises, and people competing for his visual attention, which he offers entirely. In time, however, these audiovisual stimulations fade. On the inside, an emptiness is brewing. When the culture no longer fascinates, the escapee longs to escape again. It is his nature. The surrounding brush and desert are barriers he must cross in order to find the lasting happiness and utopia he will eternally seek. 5. The Oil Guy The oil guy has been transferred here by his company, either through some optional ballot he filled out, or by some other lure. He is housed by his company in a big apartment in Maadi, probably Road 200, and is given a company car to drive, probably a new Jeep Cherokee or Ford Explorer, at least a 2002 model. The oil guy makes a load of money, and outfits his home with all the comforts of satellite television, VCR and giant flat-screen TV, maids, and the like. He can count on his hand the total number of Arabic words he speaks. He is naturally happy and at ease, though sometimes a little dull, perhaps from working with oil rigs. Leaning comfortably back in his Lazy-boy, he offers you "Root Beer," asks about your family and rarely directs the conversation to the surrounding culture. 6. The Military Man and his Bedraggled, Rootless Family The military man needs a break from life, but he's not going to get one. He was transferred here from America, most likely now fulfilling his "hardship tour," which is required at least once in the military man's career. His kids were probably ripped from their last high school and friends; they arrive friendly but internally guarded. The military man himself is a little cold, for he knows that in time he will have to move on. His family, bedraggled and rootless, though eating commissary food and sitting comfortably on plush American military couches, frequently feels an emptiness that makes them desire a home more than anything. The military man's best friends are his own family, and you will find them occasionally playing baseball at the park, but they are not the sort that will reach out and include you. Their only community, they have learned, is their own family. 7. The Enduring Wife Figure She had no particular desire to come to Egypt. She did not develop a case of "Egyptomania" like her husband did. But she loves him, and once promised to follow him to the ends of the earth. Or at least she has no other alternatives or convincing arguments to stay other than that she enjoys Pringles and mushroom soup. While her husband leaves each day on his "quest," the enduring wife figure remains at home, caring for the children, inventing games out of scrap paper and broken crayons, chasing the children in circles at the park, putting religious pictures up on her blank walls. She gets by each day on inspirational quotes. When her husband returns home and relates his day's journey, she listens cheerfully and pretends to be interested. In reality she is only interested in him and the excitement he radiates. 8. The Bridge Builder By increasing the understanding between cultures - principally between the Western and Arab world - the bridge builder will increase empathy, understanding, and therefore bring about "world peace." This bridger would ultimately like to work for the foreign service, to be one who interprets cultural expressions or actions and shapes them into articulate signals the embassy can finally understand. The bridge builder is an idealist; she may have never had an Imagine World Peace bumper sticker on her car, but she would gladly slap on one. Her greatest desire is that she can "make the world a better place" through her ability to empathize and "cross-communicate" with both cultures. This type burns out fast. 9. The Orientalist He's been here a good fifteen years, at least. The Orientalist is no longer surprised by anything in the culture. He knows most everything, has been practically everywhere. He speaks and writes Arabic by now, and so he believes he's earned the right to voice unsupported generalizations and biting criticisms. He's met enough Egyptians to know, that's why. He'll tell you exactly what solutions are needed to modify troublesome Egyptian behavior. He may understand the culture, but that doesn't mean he agrees with any of it, and he tells you this straight out. His own bluntness fuels his drive to express himself. He likes to hear himself speak and give authoritative opinions of the way things and people are around him. Nod your head, he won't listen. The most you can do is quietly endure. 10. The Actual Expatriate His remains, he has decided, shall not be repatriated in that godforsaken American country, but shall find their eternal rest in Egyptian soil, a country that, despite its drawbacks, he has come to feel is his home. America is too commercial, too materialistic, too fat. The American people are culturally insensitive and globally ignorant, he believes. His coming to Egypt may not have initially been with permanent intentions, but something convinced him that the way of life here was better. Perhaps it was the absence of American TV, or the kindness of the locals. Most likely this fellow has converted to Islam, and has an alternate Sufi name if you ask him. He has found a higher way of life, and in that spiritual conversion also found a cultural conversion. His heart is right here, smoking sheesha with his brothers around him. Americans don't disgust him, but he feels sorry for them, what they can't see. He feels what they can't feel. These expat types are in no particular order or gender. While one may begin as one type of expat, it is both expected and probable that the expat will shift categories, metamorphosing into another sort. Identity is always tenuous and shifting for expatriates.
  15. Cerberus1

    British Expat Radio Star wanted

    We've received the following media request:
  16. Guest

    Ex-Pat New Arrivals Wanted!

    Hi everyone, My name is Danni Lomas; I’m a documentary researcher based QLD. I’m working on a new UK documentary series about Ex-Pats living here in South- East QLD. Check out the info below. Century Films are producing an eight-part, prime-time documentary series for ITV1 in the UK about Brits living in SE Queensland. The series follows the Ex-Pat experience; exploring the lives Brits have made for themselves in Australia and how they fit into life here. From ten-pound poms to new arrivals we'll discover what it is to be a Brit in Oz and the diverse experiences people have had here. Both ITV and Century Films are keen to produce a series with a warm, entertaining tone, but also take an insightful look at Australian culture and how Brits integrate. 

 Since the start of January we’ve had the pleasure of meeting lots of Ex-Pats from many different backgrounds and interesting stories of life in Oz. We’re shooting till mid March and now focused on meeting an Ex-Pat, couple or family who’ll be newly arriving/ moving to the South East QLD. If that sounds like you then we’d love to speak with you and I look forward to hearing from you soon! Best regards, Danni
  17. hey everyone, the last one was really enjoyable so we thought we'd do it again, but this time at Maroochydore River. Come along and bring whatever you'd like to barbeque. We will be there from 10am, Sunday 28th November - look for us at a barbeque or picnic hut on the river next to The Esplanade. We will put an Aussie flag on the table so you can find us. The esplanade, Maroochydore Queensland, Australia - Google Maps looking forward to it, and we will probably try to make this a regular event on the last Sunday of every month (or so). cheers sg
  18. Guest

    expat mortgages

    Hi I have noticed some posts earlier in the year discussing expat mortgages. We are hoping to move back to the UK in the next few months. Has anyone gone down this road and how easy did you find it. Any advice and pointers would be very much appreciated Thanks
  19. Hi, im Martin, 25 from London. i will be travelling to Sydney on my own to work for 6 months at the end of Sep! dont really know anyone there, so will be great to meet some people here?? So if you any of you guys are in a similar situation, want an extra friend for drinks, clubs, activities, beaching or just to hang out and explore Sydney please private message me to swap facebooks if i can, i also want see as much of Australia as possible in the 6 months (outside of having to work full time!!). So if i have the time, possibly Melbourne, Gold Coast, Fraser island, Whitsundays etc. I've also booked a 2 week holiday in Thailand towards the end of Nov. Also plan to take surfing and diving courses! (havent done that before!) and any other ozzie stuff i discover while im there! Thanks!
  20. Hi, The recent 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa raised a dilemma for this expat that always seems to surface whenever a major sporting event takes place – which team should I really have been cheering on? Surely, this is a no-brainer, I hear you cry. You’re an Englishman, born and bred, which means supporting England in any and all sporting fixtures. On a sentimental level, I agree. Every time I see the St. George’s Cross emblazoned on an individual’s sports jersey in any given event, I feel the stirring up of nationalistic emotions and will undoubtedly pump my fist into the air in true English style in the ensuing action. But wait a second… if I no longer live in England and have effectively become an immigrant of another country, shouldn’t I show some respect for my new home - the place that has done so much for me by providing a different and much valued way of life - and show my support for that particular national team? If you include the fact that I’m married to an Australian and soon to claim dual nationality, it goes without saying that I should jump to the beat of the Australian drum, shouldn’t I? Unfortunately, it isn’t always as simple as that. There’s certainly something about sport that never fails to stir up intense national pride and feelings of belonging to a place. Since leaving the UK in 2003, I’ve tried on numerous occasions to give my full support (or at least a part of it) to the national teams of my new home but with no success. From watching the Wallabies take on the Springboks to following Canada in the Winter Olympics, every time an Englishman or woman has been part of the action, my loyalties instantly revert back to type. Fellow expats have willingly swapped the Union Jack for the Maple Leaf, or the British Lions for the All Blacks, as a way of showing ultimate allegiance to their adopted home. For me, it’s an emotional connection that I just can’t seem to shake. My current home is one half of perhaps the greatest sporting rivalry of modern times, the ‘Australia versus Mother England’ battle, which never ceases to amaze me in terms of its intensity and seems to dominate almost every sporting aspect of my existence here in Sydney. Yet I find it troubling to change my allegiance in support of the ‘enemy’ simply because Australia is my current home. With no obvious solution to this personal dilemma, I’d be interested to learn how others have dealt with such a sporting conundrum. The Rugby World Cup is in New Zealand next year and I'm fairly sure my team will be all white not black. Feel free to read more of my emigration experiences at my blog - In search of a life less ordinary Cheers, Russell
  21. Hi, I am 38 and have been in OZ for almost 12 years but am new to PIO. I live with my wife and son in Berowra Heights and am really keen to either join, or setup, a social group for fellow ex-pats living in the Hornsby / Berowra area. Let me know if you're interested. :smile:
  22. Guest

    Ex-Pat Dogs

    I have a Labrador and a German Shepherd that I would like to bring with me to Oz. Have your British dogs adapted quickly to the heat and how did they take the plane journey and quarantine. They're my babies and my no. 1 priority and I want to make sure they will be ok, so would like to hear about your experiences. Peas and Love
  23. Guest

    Single Expat Funding

    Hi, not sure if this is the correct area to post this but basically I want to know how much roughly it will cost as a guide to how much il need to focus on building together. It would be for One male. Rough guidence on flights, regardless of destination eg 800-1100 for example Immediate accom after landing to settle for a week Then a monthly plan rental, in accordance to finding an income Then the smaller costs, car rental, any expenses that would crop up, best companys to contact for a visa etc Fairly new to it all so any input would be great. Apologies if a similar post has been covered already Rob
  24. Sydney Poms will be organising a social meet up for all British Expats living in and around Sydney. This is a great opportunity to get together & socialise with fellow Brits. All friends and family are welcome (even if they aren't British), so come along and help us build this event into a great way to keep in touch with our fellow Poms. It's informal, it's free and it's going to be fun. Saturday 20th June, 4pm Heritage Belgian Beer Cafe 135 Harrington St The Rocks For more informtaion on sydney poms, please visit our website at www.sydneypoms.com
  25. I bet Aldo will hang arund though ! The pain in Spain proves too much as expat Britons pack their bags