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  1. Hi all, Thought people would find this interesting, its a new feature on the irish times website about peoples experience of emigration /http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/generationemigration/
  2. Some interesting points here from an acclaimed Australian author BBC - BBC News Channel Programmes - HARDtalk, Christos Tsiolkas, Australian novelist
  3. Hi Every one, My name is tom 27 Years old from the UK, and now a permanent resident. My background is an aero engine technician for 10years with Rolls Royce. I am trying to break into the power station/plant industry as operator/maintainer/mechanic position. Just after advice, or if anyone knows of any position, or is currently working in that industry. I always check the major job search engines but like I’ve learnt in Oz sometimes it’s who you know scenario!!! Below is my Resume.......Any help would be greatly appreciated.. Cheers Tom REsume PERSONAL DETAILS Name: Tommie Hartshorn Profession: Aero Engine Technician Status: Australian Resident Granted 21st September - TRA Assessment - Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Address: Terrigal Central Coast NSW 2260 Telephone: Mobile: 0468610451 Email: tommiehartshorn@hotmail.co.uk Date of Birth: 9 July 1983 __________________________________________________________________________ OBJECTIVE Seeking a new career goal and life in Australia after leaving the United Kingdom after nearly ten years loyal service to a world class aero engine company. I would like to offer my skills and gain more from a similar company either from the aviation, mining, power generation/ gas and oil field sector. I am hardworking, enthusiastic and energetic individual who has a methodical/logical approach to all of aspects of work. I am not afraid of change/transition and future in-house/outhouse training is warmly welcomed, as it will develop me more as an individual within a company. Current Currently working as a Plant Mechanic for Coates Hire since February 2010, Servicing, Repairing and Maintaining all Plant Equipment Large and Small in accordance with their Silver Service Maintenance Program. Some but not all of the equipment I work on is, Excavators, Skid Steers, EWPS, Dynapac Compaction Rollers, Compressor and Generator Sets, Dingo’s, Trench Rollers Etc. PROFILE A fully qualified experienced Aero Engine Technician used to working in a highly pressurized environment under very tight timescales. I am an ambitious self-starter who welcomes a challenge and has a proven ability to make rational decisions, whilst equally being able to demonstrate lateral thinking when necessary. Working as part of a two man Test Team running Development, Production and Repair and Overhaul Engine Tests, operating on all large Engine Capacity Test Facilities/Cells. Testing Engines to detailed test schedules. Consulting /liaising with all relevant test personnel including customers, to insure the successful acquisition of relevant data in a safe and controlled manner. Trouble Shooting all engine/facility related problems (Mechanical, Electrical, hydraulics, pneumatics, and instrumentation) whilst making team and individual decisions. Carrying out all Engine and facility mecahnical Fitting and maintenance operations that need to take place on the Test Facility. Ensuring all Health and Safety aspects of the Test Facility are adhered to, being the first point of contact on the Test Facility within 24hr accountability. Key Skills: - Experienced Engine Technician/Operator - Departmental Trainer - Qualified in Mechanical fitting & Electrical/Instrumentation Disciplines - Carrying out all data validation and safety monitoring of all engine/ Auxiliary rigs and facility parameters - Carrying out Engine/Facility/Unit/Auxiliary parameter audit / calibrations - Recognized as the central point of contact during testing - Natural leader in the Team Computing/Control Systems:/ Experienced user of Microsoft Office, regular user of RAMS Data Acquisition (engine and facility measurement parameters), Rolls Royce condition monitoring equipment, DDart Testing Software (Stress/strain and vibration parameters), Distributed Control Systems, SAP and Allen Bradley. Languages: Working knowledge of Thai. QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING 2009: OHS Red Card (Construction) Australia 2006 to date: UK Qualified First Aider 2004: Diploma HNC in Mechanical Engineering : Equivalent AQF DIploma 2002: NVQ Level 3 Installation and commissioning : Equivalent AQF Diploma 2002: BTEC National Certificate Mechanical Engineering:Equivalent QF Level5 2000: BTEC First Certificate in Mechanical Engineering: Equivalent AQF Level 2 2000: NVQ Level 2 Mechanical Engineering Manufacture : Equivalent AQF Level 2 WORK EXPERIENCE Rolls-Royce plc Tester/Inspector Technician - Production 2007 – Jan 2009 Responsible in testing production/ repair and overhaul engines across the full range of civil aero engine types, ensuring engines are tested within their specified performance limits. Achievements · Selected with one other to become the lead expert for the transition from analogue to real-time Dynamic Data Measurement Systems, including the training of all Test Personnel. · Familiarised all Test Personnel with the changes to the modern Test Facilities. · Selected to support the Test Supervisor in the interpretation of the data extracted from the Engine Performance Analyser. Rolls-Royce plc Fitter/Tester Technician - Development 2001 – 2007 · Responsible for the complete set up of all the auxiliary rigs and plant equipment for specialised tests. · Commissioning all instrumentation on the new engine and the facility development programme and testing engines to detailed test schedules. · Below is a few of the operations I would like to highlight that was part of my job. · Carrying out calibrations of power, pressure, temperature, flow rates, cooling, and vibration… etc parameters. · Condition monitoring of all of the above (engine and facility) · Maintaining the engine and facility on a regular basis · Boroscope inspections on scheduled/unscheduled shutdowns · Unit and component changes, starter motors, gear drive systems, gearboxes, generator, Hydraulic Pumps/Seals/lines, cooler systems, oil/fuel/air pipe work, fuel spray nozzles, burner rails, burners seals etc. Achievements · Recognised a step change in performance (HP Tracked ordered Vibration) figures that upon investigation highlighted a number of damaged compressor blades thus saving the engine from total destruction. · Saved an engine on start-up from an engine fuel spike by the use of quick reactions to shut-off fuel valve. · Responsible for the introduction of a permanent thrust calibration rig on one of the older facilities to improve lead times. · Regularly took responsibility for Engine Testing during the absence of the Chief Test Engineer. The Engine types I carried the above work on are, Tay, Adour, V2500, RB211 524 Series RB211 535 Series, Trent 500, 700, 800, 900, and 1000 OTHER JOBS · Rolls-Royce Apprentice 1999 – 2001 · Work Experience at Rolls-Royce 1997 INTERESTS · Property Management - Recently finished a renovation property in the UK and now managing the tenancy of the property · Travel - Through the S/E Asia also part of a Tsunami project · Scuba diving - Rescue Diver, Advanced PADI and Open water Fishing - Before I use to like fishing canal systems, but now it’s more exciting and appealing in Australia’s oceans
  4. terry & Melanie

    Lost Generation

    Hi, Just found this- thought it was very clever! Melanie x
  5. Guest

    Stolen Generation Poll

    "We apologise for the laws and policies of successive parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians," the apology says. "We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country. "For the pain, suffering and hurt of these stolen generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry. "To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry. "And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry." The apology says a new page in Australia's history can now be written. "We today take this first step by acknowledging the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians," it says. "A future where this Parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again. "A future where we harness the determination of all Australians, indigenous and non-indigenous, to close the gap that lies between us in life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity. "A future where we embrace the possibility of new solutions to enduring problems where old approaches have failed. "A future based on mutual respect, mutual resolve and mutual responsibility. "A future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities and with an equal stake in shaping the next chapter in the history of this great country, Australia." The opposition on Tuesday accused the Rudd government of being incompetent for not releasing the wording of the apology sooner. "This is a government which hasn't really done its homework properly," coalition indigenous affairs spokesman Tony Abbott told reporters. "For months if not years, they said they wanted our country to apologise," he said. "They've been consulting for weeks if not months. A competent government would have finalised at least draft words before now."
  6. ..article in the West Aus online.. Australia seeks more UK immigrants : thewest.com.au.. Pingpong:cute:or Tess
  7. Guest

    Our Generation

    I dont usualy forward on viral emails but i enjoyed this one FOR THOSE BORN BEFORE 1986 According to today's regulators and bureaucrats,those of us who were kids in the 60's, 70's and early 80's probably shouldn't have survived, because our baby cots were covered with brightly coloured lead-based paint which was promptly chewed and licked. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, or latches on doors or cabinets and it was fine to play with pans. When we rode our bikes, we wore no helmets, just flip-flops and fluorescent spokey dokey's' on our wheels. As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or airbags - riding in the passenger seat was a treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle and it tasted the same. We ate chips, bread and butter pudding and drank fizzy juice with sugar in it, but we were never overweight because we were always outside playing. We shared one drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and no-one actually died from this. We would spend hours building go-carts out of scraps and then went top speed down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into stinging nettles a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We would leave home in the morning and could play all day, as long as we were back before it got dark. No one was able to reach us and no one needed to. We did not have Play stations or X-Boxes, no video games at all. No 99 channels on TV, no videotape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no personal computers, no DVDs, no Internet chat rooms. We had friends - we went outside and found them. We played elastics and rounder, and sometimes that ball really hurt! We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones but there were no law suits. We had full on fist fights but no prosecution followed from other parents. We played knock-the-door-run-away and were actually afraid of the owners catching us. We walked to friends' homes. We also, believe it or not, WALKED to school; we didn't rely on mummy or daddy to drive us to school, which was just round the corner. We made up games with sticks and tennis balls. We rode bikes in packs of 7 and wore our coats by only the hood. The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke a law was unheard of...They actually sided with the law. This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years have been an explosion of nnovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibili! ty, and we learned how to deal with it all. And you're one of them. Congratulations! Pass this on to others who have had the luck to grow as real kids, before lawyers and government regulated our lives,for our own good. For those of you who aren't old enough thought you might like to read about us? This my friends, is surprisingly frightening......and it might put a smile on your face: The majority of students in universities today were born in 1986........They are called youth. They have never heard of we are the World, We are the children, and the Uptown Girl they know is by Westlife not Billy Joel. They have never heard of Rick Astley, Bananarama, Nena Cherry or Belinda Carlisle. For them, there has always been only one Germany and one Vietnam. AIDS has existed since they were born. CD's have existed since they were born. Michael Jackson has always been white. To them John Travolta has alway! s been round in shape and they can't imagine how this fat guy could be a god of dance. They believe that Charlie's Angels and Mission Impossible are films from last year. They can never imagine life before computers. They'll never have pretended to be the A Team,RedHand Gang or the Famous Five. They'll never have applied to be on Jim'll Fix it or Why Don't You. They can't believe a black and white television ever existed. And they will never understand how we could leave the house without a mobile phone. Now let's check if we're getting old... 1. You understand what was written above and you smile. 2. You need to sleep more, usually until the afternoon, after a night out. 3. Your friends are getting married/already married. 4. You are always surprised to see small children playing comfortably with computers. 5. When you see teenagers with mobile phones, you shake your head. 6. You remember watching Dirty Den in EastEnders the first time around. 7. You meet your friends from time to time, talking about the good Old days, repeating again all the funny things you have experienced together. 8. Having read this mail, you are thinking of forwarding it to some other friends because you think they will like it too... Yes, you're getting old!
  8. Hiya folks -- My name is Nicole, and I'm a 6th generation Aussie who lives in the Adelaide Hills. I was born and raised here in the Hills, and have lived here all my life, save for a short stint when I was about 19 where I lived in Melbourne for a year. Can't say I took to Melbourne much, but that's just me. Too big, too busy, and too much traffic. Not enough room to move for a girl like me (I say 'girl'...I am 33 years old :lol: ) Anyway, my ancestors were free settlers from England who landed here in Adelaide, and my family have been here since. Sure, we've spread out a bit -- I have aunts, uncles and cousins in Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, and country NSW. I've travelled the country pretty widely, and I've visited every capital city. I assure you, I wouldn't trade Adelaide for all the tea in China. Here's why: * It's a nice sized city of about a million people. We don't know traffic jams. We are known as "the 20 minute city" as you can get anywhere you want to be inside 20 minutes. I admit, that's an exageration, as Adelaide is quite spread out. But the traffic is easy here -- unlike Sydney and Melbourne, where I personally feel claustrophobic. I can't move! * Because it is a city of a million odd people, it has all the facilities you want. Parks, playgrounds, cinemas, festivals, pubs, nightlife, theatre, libraries, museums, 3 universities, Tafe (ie Tech school), plenty of sporting venues, etc * Beaches. Basically, Adelaide sits on one enormous, long, broad, sandy beach. The beaches are clean, easily accessible, and you won't walk barefoot and tread on a syringe (unlike say, St Kilda beach in Melbourne where at least when I was there 10 years ago that used to be a concern) * The Adelaide Hills. 20 minutes from the CBD and your in the Hills (where I live). Lots of places for bushwalks, BBQs and picnics. Little country towns which would not have the charm of your average English village, but they are very nice regardless * Low crime. Look sure, we have crime, and drugs, and all that rubbish that all cities have. But there's far less of it here than there is in Sydney and Melbourne * Families: all of the above means that Adelaide is a great spot to raise kids. I have a boy myself. *Weather. We have 4 season's, and admittedly summer is long, hot, and dry. That's Australia mates, so get used to it. I'd think that as Poms you'd go into shock if you didn't buy a house here with good, efficient air conditioning. But you do get used to the heat. We're just getting in to the warmer weather now, where it's 30 to 35 most days. It takes a little adjustment. (Come January/February, when we're regularly at 38-40, we tend to yearn for a 'cool' low 30s day :lol: ). But, the good weather means there's plenty of time for the Great Outdoors. There's always a nice beach not far to splash around in, maybe eat some fish & chips and watch the sun go down (one of my families favourites). And from October to April who needs an oven? You just whack a bit of meat on the BBQ, throw together a salad, and eat outside. Hardly any dishes, so it's bloody marvellous! Ok, that's my hard sell out of the way! I will temper it with the reality that Poms need to come to Oz with a fairly thick skin, because the minute your shoes hit the tarmac, you're probably going to get hit with the "bath dodging whinging pom" tag. By advice is to pay it no mind and take it in good grace. Aussies don't mean anything by it. Everyone cops it here...the wogs, the wops, the dagos, the lot. In most cases, it is simply met as a bit of friendly banter. In a few cases it is not. Avoid such people, because they're aholes. All countries have their share, including Australia, unfortunately. Such is life! In parting, I will say two things: 1) If anyone is looking to move to Adelaide, feel free to ask me about whatever suburb you are looking at. Some of them are downright horrid! 2) I run an Australian political debate board, where Australian's argue the toss about politics, terrorism, beer, BBQs, & bulldust! If you want to know how Aussies think and feel, please feel free to join us! I won't link it here, as it is not my intention to 'pilfer' from this site or any other such nonsense. But if you're a Pom who wants to chat with Aussies, please feel free to PM me, and I'll forward you the link. Good luck with your move to Australia. I'm rather fond of the old Commonwealth myself. Cheers Nicole