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Becontree Boy posted a topic in Aussie ChatThe recent postings by "ten pound poms" have prompted me to consider how different the migrant experience is nowadays. They had to give up all the small familiar comforts of home. In contrast, contemporary settlers from the UK can easily connect with our favourite British things. Here's my own personal, Melbourne-centric list - - Yorkshire Puddings: bought some "Aunt Betty's" frozen ones yesterday from Aldi's. - Paxo stuffing, Chip Shop Curry Sauce, Bisto Gravy, Pease Pudding, Walkers Crisps. It costs an arm and a leg, but I regularly buy them from "Treats from Home" in Collins Street. - Proper "Weetabix" (not that nasty "Weetbix"), Coleman's Mustard, Robinson's Barley Water, mint sauce, Sarson's Vinegar. No problem: try the "English" section in Coles at North Balwyn. The prices there are far cheaper than at specialist English shops. - No need to forgo Marks and Spencer undies (or other clothes): You can order from their UK web site and get them to deliver to Australia from less than £20. The January sale may still be on - my first delivery arrived on Friday! - A proper "English Curry"? Well, I haven't tried the curry house in Lygon Street where the English Cricket team eats, but when I lived in Brisbane, there was one in Birkdale shopping centre run by a family from Wolverhampton. I'll be looking them up again on our next trip to the Sunshine State. - Steve Wright's show on BBC Radio 2, the "News Quiz" from Radio 4,and Clive Thomas and Pat Edison's shows on Radio Caroline: no problem - I can catch them streaming live on the internet, or - in the case of the BBC - also listen to them as podcasts on my phone while I walk the dog. - A UK phone number, so the relatives think that you still live around the corner? I've still got my Sheffield number. Funnily enough, its from a German company called Sipgate (see sipgate.co.uk - free phone service over your broadband link - voice over ip provider.). There's no monthly rental, and landline calls cost just over a penny a minute. Calls to UK mobiles are just under 10p a minute. To get a location specific no. (eg: 02, 0114, 01268 etc), you have to sign up in the UK (or get someone there to do this for you). From Australia only 0845 numbers are available. Sipgate's service over the past 3 years has been very reliable. - Coronation Street, Emmerdale, and East Enders: my wife watches them back to back on UKTV when she comes home from work. Now that we've been here a few years she doesn't mind that they are some months behind the UK (or over a year behind in the case of Corrie). - In depth news analysis of the world outside Australia: ABC's extensive relays of the BBC World Service on "ABC News Radio" are invaluable, as is my regular purchase of "The Guardian Weekly" (I know I can always rely on the "The Age" for decent coverage of Australian politics.) If I want a good laugh, I can always buy the "International Express" - it is as rabidly right wing as its UK counterpart - although I must admit that I have a secret passion for Ann Widdicombe's column! Each morning, I catch the lastest UK news from Sky News UK on Foxtel Channel 601. It's in one of those little Sky News Active boxes you get when you press the red button. Being a vegetarian, the only things I really miss are products from "Quorn". Now, if somebody could crack that one and import them into Australia then I'd have to say there would be very little I'd miss from my old life in England. I hope I don't sound like a little Englander. I still embrace all the best things that Australia has to offer. But I do think that nowadays we are blessed with the opportunity of having the best of both worlds. So how does my list compare with that of other "Poms in Oz"?