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  1. BritChickx

    Where the hell is Matt?

    What amazing videos....some guy travelling around the world dances in each place he visits and gets others to join in with him. Definately gone viral as we saw it as part of an advert earlier! There's an older one and an updated one. Me and Paul are hoping to travel to that many countries! bNF_P281Uu4 zlfKdbWwruY
  2. Hi, I have to fill in form 80 in conjunction with my 856 application. There are many stupid questions on the form, one being 'please give details of visits outside Australia in the last ten years' My passport is fairly new so no record there. I have been to a lot of places in that time and don't know any dates or exactly where i've been. Does anyone know how to find this information? Thanks Andy
  3. For unhappy expats life abroad can be hell By annanicholas The great conundrum about unhappy expats is whether they were always miserable or became so when they set foot in a new country. Aye there’s the rub. Why are some expats so unhappy? I was pondering this question when a long established expat in my valley pounced on me as I shopped in the market. Rolling her eyes and puffing like a distressed hippo she recounted events of her disastrous summer. The catalogue of horrors included interminable sunshine, pollen in the pool, visitors, lazy workmen and gardeners and the icing on the cake, plagues of insects. Ah, how those invasions of wasps, flies, frogs, mosquitoes and ants had all but driven her to the vodka bottle. It’s of course true. After more than a decade living in rural Majorca, we’ve experienced many of Egypt’s ten plagues, but thank our lucky stars that we’ve so far avoided boils, locusts and bloodied water. As for tardy builders and gardeners, everyone knows here that as soon as the first day of August arrives they melt away like butter on a hot pan. But of course, there was more to come. The traumatised expat told me how awful the local builders were in her village. Oh! Now that September had arrived they were back at the crack of dawn with their drills and hammers, chisels and saws and why, for crying out loud, did they have to sing and shout and whistle so much? And she was being driven to distraction by the constant clanging of the village church bell, the cockerels, the damned dogs barking, the donkeys braying, and the late night music from the local fiestas. The tourists had been so annoying taking the parking spaces and snaffling all the baguettes in the local bakery early morning, and she was furious that lack of rain meant her garden hose was gasping like a dying man in a desert. I asked her if she had any good news to impart. That required some thought. After a a few moments she told me that, thank heavens, she was back in the UK for a week and would have a chance to recharge her batteries and enjoy a little cool weather and some real culture. Perhaps, I mooted, life abroad just wasn’t for her and she really should contemplate upping sticks and hot footing it back to her beloved Blighty. Return to the UK? Had I not read about the riots, the pollution, disastrous economy, appalling state of the NHS, crooked banks, rising costs, and lack of sun? No, she was staying put. Nothing would induce her to return home. And so it would appear that certain expats really are unhappy wherever they are because, quite simply, they are unhappy people. Let’s hope in their dotage they won’t feel it necessary to quote the writer Colette when she said: “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realised it sooner.”
  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. janemaria

    what the hell !

    news today that we've received a case officer after applying only 35 days ago,on a 176 state sponsorship we were told up to a year, anyone else being fast tracked.
  6. HELL EXPLAINED BY CHEMISTRY STUDENT The following is an actual question given on a University of Washington chemistry mid term. The answer by one student was so 'profound' that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well: Bonus Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)? Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant. One student, however, wrote the following: First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving. As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell. Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell. With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially. Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added. This gives two possibilities: 1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose. 2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over. So which is it? If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa during my Freshman year that, 'It will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you,' and take into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number two must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over. The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct......leaving only Heaven, thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting 'Oh my God.' THIS STUDENT RECEIVED AN A+.
  7. tonyman

    i hope they serve beer in hell

    im just about to watch this but have my doubts , to save me time has anyone seen it and is it worth watching .........
  8. Another question about the partner visa, I'm afraid!! Any help would be much much much appreciated! I am Australian and sponsoring my husband on a partner visa and we are putting together all the documents. I am confused as to what is required to prove our marriage. The Partner Migration Booklet says you must provide "if you and your partner are married, a certified copy of the registry extract showing details of your marriage; Note: The department does not consider the decorative marriage certificate to be acceptable evidence of marriage." However, the actual visa form says to attached a "certified copy of marriage certificate". I rang the Australia Visa phone number and spoke to a girl today who told me that "she thinks" I only need to submit my marriage certificate but we obviously want to get it right the first time. We were married in Ireland and they have informed us that there is no way we can get a copy of the registry book at all as they have made all their files electronic. So sounds like we don't have a choice anyway! Has anyone had their visa approved on the basis of marriage certificate? As always, truly truly grateful for any help!! :confused:
  9. My youngest daughter has just walked in and broken the remote for the TV,:shocked::mad::shocked::policeman:. After desperate phone calls to Sky they are going to send an engineer out on SATURDAY,:shocked:. That means nearly 48 hours of HAVING to get my lardy arse out of the chair and 'walking' ALL the way over to the TV and changing it on the set top box. I don't know how I am going to cope, I may need 'counseling' after this catastrophe.:biglaugh::biglaugh:. Seriously though, it just goes to show how bloody reliant we are on technology, bloody madness really,:goofy:. Get a life Tone,:yes::yes:. Cheers (my legs ache already) Tony.:embarrassed:
  10. Hey, Just wondered if anyone out there could help. I'm a 31-year-old from the UK. I came here to Oz on a 417 visa in February 2009. I was fortunate to get a decent job in country NSW soon after arriving. In mid-2009 my employers tried to sponsor me through a 459, but this was rejected as we did not meet the essential skills criteria. I have been on a bridging visa for more than a year while another application for a labour agreement 1066 (involving mucho paperwork) has been considered. Unfortunately, we finally heard last week that this too has been rejected. The rejection letter has given no reasons and does not seem to explain any mechanisms regarding an appeal. I was wondering if anyone knew if there were any other routes to go down? I don't live there but I have set my heart on getting a job in Sydney someday. I really don't want to go home - there's nothing really for me there and getting a job (from the looks of it) there will be mighty tough! I've tried to contact Immigration themselves, but (as I'm sure people on here know!) getting answers out of them is a bloomin' nightmare. Any advice appreciated! Thanks, Stuart.
  11. Guest

    what the hell to do????

    myself and my partner are flying out to wa - albany in early march 2011 what do we do about accomodation for the first few days/weeks we only have 2 options 1) pay a caravan park $700/800 a week 2) sort out a rental 3/6 months lease - $250 / $350 per week and spend the first day scratting round like headless chickens buying beds,cutlery,linen etc etc before we move in to an empty house what do other people do, how do they cope or arrnage things at first we have the time till we get there to arrange for a rental home before we fly,but that wont buy us 3 beds the day we arrive in perth - we then have a 4 and a half to 5 hr drive with 4 suitcases to albany then straight to the local bed shop , as ikea is only in perth yes we could stay in perth a few nights but then the hire car turns into a van to transport the new 3 beds along with 2 kids my partner and myself any advise would be great claire
  12. JayBone

    Bloody hell!

    Van gets transported to Southampton docks on Friday! Doggie flies in 5 weeks! We fly in 8 weeks! It really has flown by... Gulp! I see the weather is hotting up nicely See some of you soon :jiggy:
  13. Well, we missed the registration board before July this year and its changed again. No one seems to know who can witness and certify the new form, even the registration people themselves!! We have spoke to agencies, the embassy and the registration people, some say it HAS to be a notary in the embassy in london, others say just a notary and others also say a normal solicitor is ok. Nobody seems to know so everything is on hold. Has anyone submitted forms since the change or does anyone know the score!!! Thanks
  14. Guest

    One Hell Of A Long Shot

    Hi All. Firstly I know this thread is going to be one hell of a long shot, but thought I would give it a go. In 1998/99 I was in Palm Cove, Cairns for several months. I was staying at a backpackers by the name of 'The Retreat', it was situated up a dirt track, opposite a restaurant by the name of the 'Wagon'. Anyway to cut a long story short I met a lady there who went by the name of 'Frankie' a South African lady who would now be in her mid/late fifties. She had a son by the name of 'Jean', pronounced John. Whilst I was at the Retreat me and Frankie became very good friends, nothing you know what, just bloody good friends that's all. To tell you truth my time at the Retreat is somewhat of a blur to a degree, I was going through a ****ty time and my alcohol consumption was immense:shocked:. But Frankie got me through it and was always there for me. I cannot thank her enough. Anyway long story short, I eventually moved on again and backpacked around the rest of Australia. I kept in touch with Frankie for ages, but then for many reasons we lost touch. I had her mobile phone number, but cannot get through on this. I also had her email address, but each message I send keeps coming back 'void'. I know she had some personal issues of her own, and I fear they may have got the better of her, I truly hope not. I just reckon she is somewhere out there, maybe now more settled , etc. No excuse, the majority is my fault, as I said the dreaded booze and all that. Anyway around a year ago heard through a friend of a friend of a friend that Frankie was back in Cairns. I was out there again in August of last year and went back to all my old haunts, The Retreat, (not there anymore) nearly made me weep, bars, dives, etc, but no one knew anything of Frankie. The information I had was very vague and too date I have not been able to track her down. I know she had a sister in the Whitsunday's and she often spoke to her. I have since being back in the UK been on several sites that are used by ex pat South Africans, to no avail, I even placed an ad in the Cairns Advertiser. As I said I know this is a loooonnnnnggggggg shot but by chance can anyone help out. She was a bit of a nomad like me, so she could be anywhere, but I have a feeling she will be in either Cairns/Palm Cove/Whitsundays as she loved these areas of Australia. I realise that if anyone knows anything they may be a little reticent to let me know, after all I could be a stalker/freak:chatterbox:, but would appreciate any help. The areas I have outlined are at the end of the day fairly close, community wise. If it was Perth, Brisbane etc, I wouldn't even ask this question, needle and haystack and all that. Does anyone know of any other links I may be able to use to help me find Frankie. Its nothing drastic, but I would love to speak to her again, and thank her properly for what she did. I probably did this at the time, but it was probably through mutterings spilt out between drinks. I know PIO members are really helpful and would appreciate any help afforded me. As I said, no names, no pack drill, but suggestions on websites etc, or maybe someone knows where South Africans may hang out in the areas outlined and I could go from there. I have exhausted the avenues I know of, so maybe someone knows something I don't, I hope so anyway. Thanks very much for your time.:wink: Cheers Tony
  15. TraceyandAlan

    Mad as all hell

    Hi guys, We lodged our 175 Oct 2008 Cat 5 SS, Alan as main applicant, Tracey as secondary app. We just made the decision to file a second application with Tracey as primary applicant. This obviously involves another 1700Euro and was a difficult decision. Roll on the weekend and the paper work. Now, we just discovered that actually, even though I'm 30, on the CSL, can claim points for Alan, educated in university through English for 5 years, from an english speaking country, teach kids through english. Have 3 years specific work expierience, I don't actually have enough points, 115 of required 120, without SS in my own right. Because guess what my partners SS doesn't count on my application! How did we miss that! So as far as I can see unless you under 30 and have all of the above you can't get a 175. Now even though I'm CSL Secondary Teacher I'm not going to get SS because my subject is Art and not in State demand. So basically I have the needed CSL and Alan has the SS. Mother of God I'm so sick of this. I havn't missed anything have I? You don't get points for CSl? So I have to take some ridiculous english test to get my points from 15. We had made an appointment for our meds on Mon, we were going to front load them! Another twist in the evil road that is getting to OZ, think ill drown my sorrows in a very large glass of red and file the paperwork.:cry:
  16. tracy123

    Where the Bloody hell are YOU!

    Come on people like KP NUTS, KDAL, KEILY, STOCKIES, and the rest of you that have made the move and hardly come on anymore it’s about time you put on a post and let us all know what your up too warts an ALL
  17. :arghh:Well where do I start??? Got a call from my agent yest and told me that our visa should start to process in July 2010, therefore should have our visas by end of next year, anyway it has taken forever and still gonna take forever as my kids are concerned. The thing is my son is now 19, has a girlfriend, etc.... said at one time he will give it a go, fair enough, hopefully still thinks that??? then theres my daughter 15, up until now shes the one who wants to go like yesturday, now shes saying I dont know yet??? I really am gonna have a nervous breakdown with my two, I think because it has gone on so long their minds have gone as well, I know I could say sod it too, and yes I do sometimes but I think Ive worked too hard to get this far and prob would regret not doing it, but god knows what im going to do if both the kids say no????????????????????? :arghh:
  18. We sold our house at Easter and moved in with my dad, our 175 visa was granted last month and hubby has had a couple of phone interviews... He was told that he missed out on the last job (it was the perfect job!) because we were not 'on the ground' and that was seen as a lack of committment Sooooooo we had a discussion and decided to just say sod it and go! :jiggy: I've booked flights, with Singapore Airlines for 6th August and we have booked an apartment (holiday let) for August in Coolangatta, QLD. It's all a little scarey and very exciting! Totally out of character for my hubby who is usually over cautious. We have enough savings to live on for at least 2 years, so even with the recession, we should be okay for a while. Just thought I'd share :smile:
  19. Hello one and all, We are here in perth and loving it, every last second of it. Can anyone offer any advice on how the hell we apply for Permanent residency! we are on a 457 sponsored visa but require the permanent residancy tag not only for security but so we can apply for a mortgage and start to buy. We have been on IMMI and even rang them, so baffling the perfessionals are that they dont really know them selves hahahaha. Anyway enuff churping from me Many thanks for any help Paul p.s. thro another prawn on the barbie !!!!!
  20. Another reason to get the Hell out of FCUK Polygamous husbands can claim cash for their harems I apologise if you burst a few blood vessels after reading the article i found.
  21. Heres my story so far ........Oh done ACS got modl points and on CSL , done ielts test to get full 120 points.....applied for 175 PR visa in Sept 08.......applied for job in Brisbane Uni......got the job, happy to wait for us to get Visa, did meds and police checks end of Nov........, Job was to start end of Jan.contacted Uni to say still no visa, re scheduled for beginning of March....Now march is coming in thick and fast and still no visa, rang Diac, told we should never have done meds and police checks as there will be such along wait it was a complete waste of time and may even need to do our meds etc again as they may run out.....as we got someone who must be the office junior and didnt have a clue what we were on about ( aarghhh! ) Contacted Uni again they now say they want to sponsor us out there on 457 as they want OH out there now, contacted our agent who said this was good idea as it would get us there, so now go out to OZ on 457 we still run 175 alongside 457 (sorry this is long winded ) and now this is where it starts to cost us money as when we in oz we cant be in country when 175 is granted so have to exit country and come back in again to vallidate our 175, apparently New zealand are also getting fed up with people just coming into there country just so they can validate their visas for OZ, so we may even have to go to singapore which will cost even more....... (with me so far ) so now 4 more flights and accomodation plus have to get private medical insurance etc....Cant take as much luggage with us as we dont get excess baggage allowance...Then today had shippers round to give quotes only to be told that we may have probs getting all our furniture into OZ as not on a PR visa.......Is it me or is everything seem ass about face .......here we are with a job to go too, wont be a drain on australias resources as we will be self sufficient and they would sooner give visas to people that havnt sold there houses and have no jobs to go too..........Sorry for the rant but I am so P****d off with it all. Claire.XX
  22. Am so so confused after receiving ASPC email today and reading various thread about the news that they are now processing CSL applications from before september 2007!!? What the hell have they been doing?! Considering the last aspc email before the changes in January it said they were processing applications e-lodged december and paper based october 15th!? How is it possible now that they say they have so many applications before even september 2007! They have gone back in time! I am getting so frustrated with them now and sooo fed up with all this waiting!
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  25. Please can someone help me I know it sounds really thick but I dont understand if my oh qualifies and under what pathway for his TRA, it goes like this he completed a two year yts in landscape gardening when he left school and then onto a one year apprenticeship after that where he gained a BTEC phase one in horticulture. From there he studyied three years full time in horticulture and landscape gardening and gained a BTEC first diploma in horticulture and one year of his national diploma in the same. After that he spent 7 years as atree surgeon and the last 5 years aas a landscape gardener supervisor..............is this enough!!:no::wacko:? Im not sure what formal and informal training consists off and was his apprenticeship long enough? Please help I cant sleep worrying its driving me completely mad