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  1. Moving to Australia is a big decision. And no doubt you will want to start your new life with as much money as possible. One of the main factors affecting the amount of money you actually start out with is how you choose to exchange your funds into Aussie dollars. That’s where Moneycorp can help. Currency markets are constantly fluctuating, but their experts can monitor them for you, helping you trade at the right time, in the right way – when rates are in your favour. As a result, you’ll get more dollars for your pounds. Timing is key It’s important to plan ahead to give yourself an opportunity to take advantage of any favourable exchange rate movements. Leaving your currency transfers to the last minute can cost you more than you might think. If you were transferring £50,000 into Australian dollars on the dates below, you would have received the following: 17 March 2011 A$82,235 12 May 2011 A$77,185 That’s a difference of A$5,050 (or £3,310) in just over two months! How Moneycorp can help As a foreign exchange and international money transfer specialist, getting the best rates of exchange for their customers is what Moneycorp is all about. Plus, for Poms in Oz members, all transfer fees will be waived. Their expert dealers provide information and guidance on the currency markets, helping you decide on the best time to buy your Australian dollars. Regardless of the size of the transfer you need to make, Moneycorp will keep the process quick, cost-effective and hassle-free. Moneycorp has direct access to special interbank rates, which means they can offer you highly competitive deals – often beating highstreet bank rates by more than 3%. Register with Moneycorp You can open a free, no-obligation Account with Moneycorp by clicking here. Alternatively, you can call them on +44 (0)20 7589 3000. Please remember to quote Poms in Oz when you get in touch. In safe hands Moneycorp has been trading foreign currencies for over 30 years and has an unrivalled reputation within the industry. They utilise the most secure payment systems and are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) for the conduct of designated investment business and the provision of payment services. Click here for more information.
  2. After 7 months of waiting, myself and my husband have been granted a regional sponsored 475 visa and are due to fly out to Adelaide on the 10th February 2010. We are going through so many mixed emotions at the moment due to issues with family members and often wonder if we are doing the right thing. We have support from friends although family are taking the news quite hard – to the point where they think it will affect our relationship. Apart from pulling on our heart strings its making our decision tough and we are now at the point where our house is on the market, we have given notice at work and selling our car. This is something we have both wanted since spending 8 months in Oz in 2003, we are in our late 20’s and early 30’s and just feel it’s the right time to do it. We also worry about the current climate and worry about securing jobs when we arrive as well as making a lives for ourselves. Has anyone been through a similar situation? How do you know if you are making the right decision?
  3. A WARM WELCOME WHEN IT’S COLD IN MELBOURNE The rather attractive landlady says it takes a certain understanding of people to run a bed-and-breakfast... Wendy Robinson travelled the world as a BOAC air-hostess, learning how to handle the moods of capricious passengers; and despite their occasionally demanding behaviour, she left her flying career in VC10s and 707s still liking people. She and her husband had friends come and stay for weekends in their large house in the English countryside, and later, on their farm in Benalla, Victoria, they took on paying guests. The next ‘people business’ was B&B, and today Wendy and her partner, Jonathan Wright, operate an aristocratic old guest-house on the St.Kilda foreshore, (which TV’s globe-trotting George Negus, a regular, describes as ‘a bit special, quirky and thoughtful’). The Robinsons by the Sea entry in the B&B guide-books depicts it as ‘an elegant bed and breakfast inn’. ‘Elegant’ is perhaps the wrong word. ‘Thoughtful,’ (as Negus says), is more appropriate. The two-storey house on Beaconsfield Parade is 130 years old, a haughty edifice with the same black iron gate that swung open to ladies in large hats and gentlemen swinging canes. Once inside, the guest is lost in a melange of Balinese masks, an ancient monkey cage, chandeliers, statuettes and Victoriana. Tiles around the fire-places are painted with lilies; a pair of hand-made children’s riding-boots stand in the hallway; library shelves groan with thrillers, romances and biographies; the philosophy of an Indian mystic is left - thoughtfully - on a bedside table. If you wish to settle into the sofa in the front drawing-room, mind Periwinkle, the cat, asleep on a cushion; Wendy’s two well-behaved dogs slumber nearby. A tray of sherries stands on a table in the corner; like the champagne, wines and beer in the ‘fridge, they are to be partaken under the honour system; you sign for them. Upstairs you have the choice of five quiet boudoirs (‘bedsittingrooms’ would hardly do them justice), with king and queen-size beds, fluffy doonas and draped canopies. Antique armchairs stand next to tables set with crystal glasses and decanters; Eastern artefacts, bric-a-brac and vivid paintings give the lodger the impression of a comfortably eccentric country house set in another era. Just along the passage, heated bathrooms, one with a spa, have wicker baskets overflowing with towels, shampoos, conditioners, razors and scents. A basket of chocolates awaits by the phone, payment going to Crime Stoppers. And then there is the ‘breakfast’ part of the B&B. Wendy says it’s easy to identify the first time B&B people: they are shy at joining other guests at the large dining-room table. But once they smell the freshly-ground plunger coffee, taste the croissants, smoked trout, smoked salmon and Redlich sausages, hesitancy is forgotten and breakfast can dawdle on chattily towards noon. Where are you from? What are you going to do today? Where will we have lunch? What tram do we catch? Wendy has the answers, "but I try not to hover, or get too involved." The Visitors’ Book has the comments ‘restful’, ‘home away from home’ and ‘charming’. The one Wendy likes best is : ‘We’ll be back.’