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  1. As a 10yr resident of Aus (never thought of going back even for a nanosecond) I suddenly find my hotmail and LinkedIn accounts being bombarded with scaremongering mail urging me to "transfer pensions now" and "get it done quick or lose it". As the holder of a MOD (UK), local government and NHS pensions I have to admit to being a bit twitchy about this mail. I understand that I will still be able to claim the pensions and that only certain pensions will be affected subject to a review by the UKPA (Pensions Agency?) as outlined with such simplicity in the last Budget. Does anyone know when this review will be finalised and what the current status of the pension transfer issue is? I certainly won't be handing anything over to these charlatans and probably won't have to after I collect my Nigerian lotto winnings. Any help appreciated. Regards
  2. The Pom Queen

    Looking for a Millionaire in Australia

    Here is a list for all you single ladies looking for the man of your dreams, all these are under 40 years old. 1. Nathan Tinkler - $1.13 billon. 2. Greg Coffey - $743 million. 3. Steven Kalmin - $458 million. 4. Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar - $360 million. 6. Shaun Bonnett - $295 million. 7. Ashley Williams - $240 million. 8. Simon Clausen - $207 million. 9. Bill McDonald - $171 million. 10. Angus Grinham - $146 million. 11. Sherman Ma - $118 million. 12. Ashley Fraser - $117 million. 13. Eugeni Tsvetnenko - $115 million. 14. Bevan Slattery - $103 million. 15. Matthew Tripp - $99 million. 16. Todd Hannigan and Tom Todd - $98 million. 18. Anthony Bell - $95 million. 19. Jim Campbell and Brenton Euler - $83 million.
  3. In these hard economic times, how many of us would want to win millions? I have always said that i would want to win enough to pay off the mortgage, debts etc, and just work to pay for luxuries! Am i mad? I think if we suddenly came into a lot of money then the purpose of life would have to be re-adjusted? Who wants to sit around all day boating, lunching, pampering, etc. Would we get bored? mmm, like to get the chance!!! :wink:
  4. Hi all Just before you say anything, this is'nt a negative thread ... we actually love Australia (been here over 8 weeks now and certainly don't want to go home) but thought i'd let any Plumbers/plumbers wives know of our experience getting Plumbing jobs in Oz. Before we left the UK we was'nt able to find out much about pay etc., as most plumbing jobs advertisements dont actually put the salary in the advert.... its all negotiable !!! Also, we knew my hubby would have to get Registered and/or Licenced and possibly retrain out here but was'nt sure how, when and why and its apparently different in each state. So here goes, these are our experience as follows: When we first arrived we had to contact the Plumbing Industry Commision in Victoria about Registration. However, we arrived in December and bare in mind that most trades, industries and institution close for the holidays over christmas, new year and a bit more (as its there summer too) so it was all closed till mid/end Jan. so had to week weeks to contact them. You have to pay $50 approx. to get the ball rolling. We then had to wait for an appointment with them, a few weeks later (by this time it was begin.Feb). My hubby had an interview/chat with them and because he had a vast experience in plumbing with over 25 years in the trade, they granted him a Provisional Registration for a year (cost $85 and another $85 for a Gas info. book). Some people only get 3 months provisional or not until you have done the exams, depending on your experience. However, within that year, he still has to take training and exams before the registration runs out. The training is over $600 then the exams are over $600 to (that for 5 components and there are six, so if you want them all that would be more) So, considering he has all this experience, he has been offered work for, dont laugh......$800 per week (thats before tax, and then you have to supply your own work vehicle) The most he has been told he could earn would be $50,000 or if he's lucky $60,000 a year . Thats quite tight after stoppages with six of us in the house, and teenage boys who dont stop eating all the time!!!!! Local firms will take you on without any Registration atall, but for even less money.. as they have to get another Plumber to sign off your work. Now, you can go self employed, but this needs further expense, as you would have to be Licensed as well as Registerd with expensive public liability insurance . The self employed option is where you can earn big bucks, as they say, but definately not a good idea when you first get here. You dont know the areas (and coz Oz is sooo big, they travel miles to each job, the bylaws & regulations are different, pipe sizes are different, fittings have different names, no electricity on housing sites so you have to get an expensive generator too and obviously it takes ages to get yourself a client base, contacts and a good reputation for yourself. Its certainly has to be done if you want a more comfortable lifestle, but definately would have to wait a while to establish yourself. OH is going to do that as soon as he can. My OH spent hours too walking round the city looking for sites, and asking for jobs but could'nt get to talk to anyone, as did'nt have a Red card and work boots etc.,so he was'nt allowed on site, so he only came home with a few numbers. They work slightly different out here as you have to send in Resumes to the HR department and wait for a phone call.... they only ring you if they are interested!!!! OH is stil hanging out for something better, but will have to take something local soon (as the old dollars run out pretty quick when you first arrive, especially with four kids in tow). Just have to add...... we hav'nt even thought about coming home, we struggled financially back in the UK,so might aswell stay put and struggle out here, where the sun shines, where I know my kids are safer walking the streets, where everyones really friendly, steak and petrol are half the price, where we can go to the beach most days and nights till late and the lifestyle is more relaxed. So if your a Plumber, dont expect too much at first..... but we still feel its all worth it, we have no regrets and we're still hanging on in there. :yes: Good luck to all Sally-ann & Nick
  5. Guest

    Reporter Becomes Millionaire

    REPORTER BECOMES MILLIONAIRE British author Ken Follett, now on a promotional tour of Australia, has sold a book to CBS Television for a record $1,400,000. Unaffected by the windfall, he now finds time for a chuckle about how terrible his unsold books were... It was 1973, when Follett joined the London Evening News, and he had troubles. He faced a hefty mortgage, his daughter had just been born; his car had broken down and he didn’t have the money to get it fixed. Today, a youthful-looking 47-year-old, with black eyebrows and a contrasting mane of grey hair, Follett is now seriously wealthy; hailed in his publicity handouts as "a master thriller writer of our times". And a visitor might perhaps have been expected him to be rather grand. Instead, he sat in his 16th.floor, $650-a-night suite at the Gold Coast Marriott, with a breathtaking view of the ocean below, enthusiastically wanting to talk newspapers. (But also delighted to admit he didn’t miss working on them); seemingly unconcerned that it was count-down time for a $45-a-head dinner of admirers paying to hear him speak downstairs, all eager to buy his autographed books. ‘When I joined the Evening News another reporter told me he’d just written a book and sold it for an advance of 200 pounds! I decided I would get down to it and do the same. I wrote a book, sent it off to my friend’s publisher. And got paid 200 pounds!’ Working four 10-hour days a week, he had three days free to bash out more fiction on his portable at home. He laughs: ‘I then wrote 10 unsuccessful books. Nobody wanted them!’ It might well be funny now, with publishers and television producers waving cheque-books at him, but surely unfunny then - in a humble London house, a car that was a wreck, and a crying baby to accompany the clacking typewriter keys? ‘True’, he admits. ‘But there was a clear reason the books were no good. They were unplanned. I would just start...and keep going to where the story would take me. The sentences were very short and brisk; bang, bang, bang; one-two-three. I hadn’t shaken off the newspaper reporting form. I had to learn to get away from the snappy tabloid style of writing; I had to write longer sentences and paragraphs that gave the book a mood. Freddie Forsyth did use the journalistic style, but he got away with it. His Day of the Jackal was one of the greatest thrillers ever written; it was original then because he made everything so real, using a wealth of factual detail. It hadn’t been done before, and afterwards was much imitated. Fictional authors couldn’t make up background any more...’ Ken decided to leave Fleet-st. to join a small publishing house as an editor. ‘I was there for three years and became Deputy Managing Director, which sounds rather fancy; but there were only six people working in the office. After my publishing experience, I came away realising that the bottom line about a good book is its quality. Publishers think and talk a lot of about advertising and publicity and the jacket being good; but the ultimate test is how well it has been written.’ Ken Follett’s day - either in his Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, apartment, or the house he and Barbara have at Stevenage, Herts. - is to be at his laptop at 9 am. He works through until 4 pm with a 10-minute break for lunch. No business phone calls are allowed to interrupt the flow. ‘At 4pm I take care of correspondence, business calls and interviews. I try and make sure I play tennis, or table-tennis, which I love, every day. If, rarely, I find a book a bit wearying, I wonder why I’m not on a yacht in the Caribbean. But most times I wake up in the morning and I want to write the next bit of the story.’ Follett was born in Cardiff, the son of a tax inspector. He graduated from University College London with an honours degree in philosophy. To relax he plays bass guitar in a band called ‘Damn Right I Got the Blues’. After his run of flops in the late 70s, he wrote Eye of the Needle, which later became a film starring Kate Nelligan and Donald Sutherland. He went on to write Triple, The Key To Rebecca, The Man from St. Petersberg and Lie Down With Lions. Then he wrote his only non-fiction book, On Wings of Eagles, the true story of how two employees of Presidential candidate Ross Perot were rescued from Iran during the 1979 revolution. He returned to fiction and wrote The Pillars of the Earth which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 18 weeks. It went to No.1 in Britain and stayed on the German bestseller list for four years. CBS’s massive cheque for his latest book, The Third Twin, is a record price paid for four hours of television.
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