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  1. Sol2Oz

    morbid thought...

    Lets say that (God forbid) any of you die overseas. Will you have your body shipped back to the UK or wherever your'e from, or would you prefer to be buried in Australia? :cry:
  2. hey everyone, we moved from scotland to Penrith in Sydney five weeks ago, i had a burning passion to get my family over here, and now we are here, i feel very sick, and cant stop thinking what have i done. The kids like school, but its not a better standard. I couldnt wait to get away from the dreech in scotland but o how id love to be there right now. I am writing to ask, How long before i really know that this isnt right, iv heard that after three months you truly know if you can stick it out very long term, my husband and i have said this year we will give it our all, and then if i still feel the same we will work our way back the following year, thats 2 years. I feel stuck and lonely,
  3. Its worse now!...... :wacko: I dont know if im coming or going, what with looking for a car (& its so different to buying in the Uk) ....Thinking about what area we may like to settle in & not seeming to get anywhere.....:confused: It really isnt helped by the fact its so hot, I have a young baby & im pregnant :goofy: :wub::wacko::confused: ......Any advice!? :twitcy:
  4. Guest

    Just a thought....

    ......If you could go back in time...........and change one thing you had done.......what would it be and would you do it,....?
  5. As you all seem to be in here lol Are there any other photographers on here? x
  6. Hi this is something from the telegraph, which makes you wonder are you in the same boat, or have you got it covered "Geoffrey Boycott, the former England cricketer Thousands of homeowners’ plans to leave property to their heirs could be hit for six by an obscure legal definition which Geoffrey Boycott, the cricket legend, has described as “double-Dutch”. Mr Boycott went on to lose a test case in the High Court about the ownership of a home in the millionaires’ resort of Sandbanks, Dorset. But with the average house price now exceeding £161,000, according to the Halifax House Price Index, questions about who has legal title to property could have a major impact on much more modest households. Now lawyers say many people – especially unmarried couples or those who have contributed unequally to the purchase of a home – may be caught out if they are unaware of the distinction between owning property as ‘joint tenants’ or ‘tenants in common’. No wonder the straight-talking Yorkshireman suggested the difference was difficult to understand. But the legal jargon could mean other couples’ plans to bequeath or inherit property are stumped. The Court heard that Mr Boycott bought a three-bedroom house overlooking Poole Harbour for his “friend and confidante” Anne Wyatt in 1996. Mr Boycott told the court he allowed Mrs Wyatt to live in the house rent-free, although they were no longer partners, for as long as she lived. They were listed on the deeds as joint tenants. But when Mrs Wyatt died in 2009, aged 82, her half of the house went to her estate instead of to Mr Boycott. To his “huge surprise”, he discovered that Mrs Wyatt had changed the agreement in 2007 to a tenancy in common so that she could leave her share of the property to her heirs. Andrew Goldstone, head of tax and wealth planning at Mishcon de Reya explained: “With a tenancy in common, when one joint owner dies they can leave their share to whoever they want in their will. That’s a big advantage where joint owners are neither married nor in a long-term relationship, since they won’t necessarily want their share to go the other on their death. Tenancy in common also makes sense for couples who each have their own children from an earlier relationship. “It is possible to convert a joint tenancy to a tenancy in common but not the other way round. The technical term for bringing a joint tenancy to an end is called “severing the joint tenancy” and it’s very easy to do. It can be by mutual agreement, in which case the joint owners will usually document in what shares they will then own the property. “However, it can also be done by just one of the joint owners giving written notice to the other. That sometimes happens when a couple are splitting up and one of them wants to be sure that if they die, the whole property won’t go to their ex-partner. This can mean that what was intended at the time of purchase can be overridden by one party alone. Once notice of severance is given to the other party it is too late to change.” John Condliffe, a partner at Hogan Lovells, added: “In this case, Mrs Wyatt ended the partnership by serving notice on Mr Boycott, whose arguments did not push the boundaries of legal principles. If property is owned by joint tenants the owners together own the whole property equally and do not have individual shares in it. If one owner dies their share automatically passes to the others, and therefore a joint tenant owner cannot leave their share to somebody else in their will. “By contrast, property owned by tenants in common entitles each person to a distinct share of the property, and their shares may be unequal. If one owner dies their share can be left to others in their will.” This distinction is no longer as important for inheritance tax (IHT) planning by married couples and members of civil partnerships as it used to be, now the nil-rate band of £325,000 is automatically transferred to the surviving spouse or partner on the death of the first spouse or partner. That means even married couples and members of civil partnerships who have made no plans to utilise the first spouse or partner’s IHT nil-rate band effectively enjoy a £650,000 threshold for IHT. However, the different forms of ownership remain relevant to many others; including unmarried cohabiting couples. Clare Rant, a property litigation specialist at Irwin Mitchell pointed out: “Disputes frequently arise following death where the ownership of a property has not been correctly identified at the will writing stage. A disappointed beneficiary – someone who is left an interest in a property under a will but where the property passes by survivorship to the joint owner – may also have a claim against the will writer. “The distinction between the two interests is not just relevant to death. This is of particular importance to co-habiting couples, as they will not have the benefit of legislation which can redistribute property.” So the legal jargon can prove more even important than the difference between deep square leg and silly mid-off. If in doubt, seek professional legal advice. :arghh::arghh::arghh::arghh:
  7. So why have I just endured an hour's worth of 'Bella-like' drivel about breaking up & making up?
  8. It was her red hair that did it but then I realized it couldn't have been her - not in the middle of the day!?
  9. Even (well) past fifty I never lost this passion. There's a prime spot for acorns in the copse near my house and I loved scooping up a few (trying to avoid picking up any dog poo at the same time.) Then, a little further on there's a bridge over a stream in another prime spot. There's a pipe comes out of the wall and I'd LOVE to see how many acorns I could throw into the pipe opening. The conker trees where I used to go with my mates 50 years ago are still going strong too. I have to resist the urge to elbow the kids out of the way and grab a stick for chucking up. God! the pain of seeing a beauty crushed by a car! I used to pick up a few, put them in my saddlebag, then back in my own village, put them out on a wall. No kids of my own and there's no way I could actually GIVE them to kids in the street.
  10. hi all :biggrin: just joined poms in oz as my wife and i have come to the conclusion that a life in aus is something that we need to achieve, for our children aswell as us. about a year ago we decided to do it and looked into a 175 visa, cost of doing it ( plus other things ) probably put us off + 4 children and a mortgage bit hard to find the money to save to proceed but now we are thinking a company sponsorship maybe a better way to go. we do realise there will still be costs involved. if anyone has advice all will be appreciated.
  11. Guest

    'Thought For The Day' Thread

    This is NOT meant to be a thread concerning what I am about to say, it is more what are your main thoughts on this particular day. Mine is simple. If There Is A God, pffffttttt, I Would Willingly Kick Him Between The Legs At This Moment In Time And See How He Likes Being Battered When Down.:mad::mad: As I said, that is all I'm going to say as I don't want this to become a rather aggressive debate is all. So at this particular minute what are your thoughts, serious, funny, etc, anything you like as some could do with a laugh at the moment. Cheers Tony.:wubclub:
  12. I thought some old aussies, some now aussies and some hoping to be aussies might enjoy this. Cheers dalhousie
  13. I read time and again on here about peoples experiences with migration agents, some very bad, others brilliant. But more to the point I often read many an educated and intelligent post from many who 'seem' to have at their disposal a great insight into the migration process, they are helpful and indeed a god send to many people. I guess a lot of the reasons why they seem so thorough is the fact that they have too been through the actual experience and have a far better insight into the workings of DIAC and the like. I did at one time seriously contemplate becoming a registered migration agent based in Australia, but soon enough found out that the costs and time involved stopped such an avenue being taken,:cry:. I have a huge passion for all things Australia and nothing would make me happier than having daily dealings with future migrants in order to help them achieve their dream. I know that it is a path that will never make you wealthy and I have little doubt it is extremely hard work, but I imagine the job satisfaction would be immense. Who knows, I may yet take such a path when back in OZ, I will see what the future holds. But seriously, if any of you are of this mindset and enjoy the 'process' (if this is possible) I reckon it could be worth looking into as a 'career change'. From what I can gather there are several courses available throughout Australian Unis that allow such a path to be taken, and if you don't consider yourself 'expert' enough yet, I dare say the course available will arm you with the correct materials and arm you with the qualifications and credentials that 'may' lead to a long and happy career. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  14. Guest

    Thought For the Day!

    Romanians living in Britain send home nearly £500,000 every day, official figures revealed last night. A total of £41million left the UK for the Eastern European country over a three-month period, said the Romanian Central Bank. Last year alone, the Romanian economy was boosted by £2.5billion sent from abroad, it added. The figures for the country’s UK-based nationals for January to March last year include cash transferred between banks or moved by money transfer. If the level was maintained throughout 2010, it would mean more than £160million was sent to Romania from the UK over a year. That would mean a rise of nearly 50 per cent on the 2009 total of £108million. But the figures do not include informal transfers and unofficial movements of money, including cash moved between friends and relatives. This means the true total could be up to 30 per cent higher. An estimated two million Romanians work abroad, including 60,000 thought to live in the UK. Most live in North London and the South East of England. A further 25,000 each year are given work permits to enter Britain. Most get temporary permission and take low-paid fruit-picking jobs on a seasonal agriculture worker scheme before returning home. Restrictions put in place when Romania entered the EU in 2007 mean they cannot move freely around Europe looking for work. But these restrictions end in 2013, raising fears of a new wave of migrant workers. Romanian President Traian Basescu has invited criticism for thanking Romanians living abroad for claiming benefits Average incomes in Romania are 28 per cent of those in Western Europe and a fifth of the working age population lives abroad. Economists estimate that it could take 20 years before Romanians reach the living standards of countries like the UK. Official figures show some £90billion has been sent back to Romania over the last decade from expatriates. The average Romanian worker is thought to save around £100,000 before returning home. A study by a Romanian jobs website found the UK was the most popular destination for workers. A third of the posts it offers are UK-based. However, annual totals sent from the UK to Romania have plunged since 2007 when the figure was £312million.Last year, the EU blocked Romania and Bulgaria from joining the EU’s passport-free travel zone because of fears of an influx of organised criminals. Romania has also faced major problems as a centre for drugs and people trafficking. The country’s president, Traian Basescu, has invited criticism for thanking Romanians living abroad for claiming benefits. ‘Social protection makes it more comfortable to be unemployed than do manual jobs,’ he said.
  15. Before I start I am NO computer geek or techo, I think there are several on here who are similar to me who often approach the keyboard with the sign of a crucifix and rosary, but I scrape through somehow, and in as much if I make a balls up of any advice on here then feel free to pull me up on it, :wubclub: BUT. Whilst no expert I have managed to set up some very basic websites over the last few months and whilst not enjoying it immensely once complete I do have a sense of pride in them. Several of them have yet to go live, as I am never happy with them, but sooner or later they will be active and hopefully make a bit of money. I admit that my circumstances are a little different to many as I have to work from home, so I have the ability at times to concentrate on such things, but I guess if something is that important to people they will make the time. My long term objective is to make enough money from the sites that will enable me to concentrate on the more 'passionate' things I believe in,:yes:, bloody long journey but will get there. I guess the them of this thread is to maybe suggest to some that are moving to Australia that whilst it amy be difficult in the short/long term to make money, maybe a website would bring in a few pennies. The subjects are too varied to mention, but lets face it, we are all good at something, expert on something,m or just have a very specilaised idea. My own websites are varied, fishing, travel and the biggy politics. I may NEVER make a fortune at it, but the sites once better known may bring ion say, £50 quid a week, maybe even more. Not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but hey ho, all helps a bit I guess. Sometimes I think that we look at website design and think it is for 'experts' and to a degree I will agree, but there is so much information out there that the building of a professional package is within most peoples grasp and to tell you the truth, you can fiddle with until you have it just right. Hosting packages etc, are relatively cheap as well. The last sight I set up cost no more than £80 to set up and a tenner a year to host, (some are even free,:yes:) I'm not saying it will ever make you rich, but may help out if you have the time and patience and find yourself a bit tight (money wise) when you arrive in Australia. The world is getting smaller and who knows, you may hit upon an idea that really takes off and you have yourself a new career. PS. I would recommend several companies, books etc, but not sure if this would be classed as advertising, but have a look on the web and some magazines and you will see how easy it can be to get your own website up and running. I realise this is not everyones cup of tea, if truth were known it wasn't mine until recently but really enjoy it now,:jiggy:. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  16. Afternoon everybody, I have been thinking a lot recently about maybe re training for another career not sure exactly what but i certainly have a few ideas, i am a builder and over the last few years have been getting a bit disillusioned with it all for various reasons, for example there are to many builders fighting over the same jobs at the moment and i cant see that changing for a long time, also the massive influx of foreign workers has really had a big affect on buisness ( but thats another argument for another day ) and thats without the massive amount of paperwork and elf n safety ( beurocracy ) involved. Not only all of the above but i am knocking on a bit (40 this year) and i dont think physically i could do what i now do until retirement age. Obviously i will have to take moving to oz ( if we do ) into consideration and if i could re train over there. So basically have any of you guys got to a certain age and decided you wanted a change, what have you done about it, and was it a succesful transition, also anyone out there feel like me about your respective career?:unsure:
  17. Hi everyone! I would love to hear from those of you who have made the move to Oz. You all had reasons for moving there, has it lived up to your expectations? There are a lot of posts where people regret it and wish to come back to the UK but others stay and love it. My wife and I are considering it, not to emigrate but to go there and work for a couple of years and see how it goes. Thank you!
  18. Guest

    Thought This May Help A Bit.

    As we know migration to Australia can be both very stressful and bloody expensive. There are no twos ways about it, at times the whole bloomin process can be viewed as a time in our lives when we are at a loss as to what we do for the best. Combine this with the ever constant battle to make sure our expenses are kept to a minimum I thought this thread may help a little. Most towns/cities/suburbs in Australia contain at least one charity/op shop/second hand store, there can be at times many in the same vicinity and for all intents and purposes the whole street has a plethora of these types of places. Many items are sold, from day to day clothes, kitchen utensils, (cookers, microwaves, fridges etc) up to home furnishings, (whole suites, wardrobes, beds, etc) I have often through both necessity and choice furnished many a flat/house with what I have purchased in such places and at a very reduced cost. I know some often turn their noses up at charity shops etc, but in all honesty some of the bargains to be had would take your breath away,:yes:. And lets not forget that the proceeds from these shops often go to the disadvantaged and needy, (not all the time though, :mad:) As I said, good luck if you can afford new belongings etc, but for those on a tight budget I hope the following link is of some use to you: http://opshop.org/opshop_index.php Migration can often be a pain in the backside and if finances are tight even more so, but a quick sqiuzze at some of the 'out of the box' avenues to go down, can pay dividends in the end.
  19. Guest

    DUBAI... food for thought!

    Briton 'beaten to death' in a Dubai police cell after being arrested for swearing By Arthur Martin, Nick Mcdermott and Rebecca Evans Last updated at 3:14 PM on 14th April 2011 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1376649/British-tourist-Lee-Bradley-Brown-beaten-death-Dubai-police-cell.html http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/14/holiday-briton-dies-in-dubai-police-custody http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/dubai/8457062/Second-post-mortem-into-Dubai-death-of-British-tourist-in-custody.html Too many unsavoury stories are coming out of Dubai these days. Some interesting reading.. http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/the-dark-side-of-dubai-1664368.html http://www.detainedindubai.org/Detained_In_Dubai/Safi_Quarashi.html Homosexuality is not just a taboo subject in Dubai - its strictly forbidden and punishable by law. Many individuals may chose to visit Dubai or the UAE but it is extremely important to be informed of the consequences of being openly gay in this region. "The maids used to be predominantly Filipino, but with the recession, Filipinos have been judged to be too expensive, so a nice Ethiopian servant girl is the latest fashionable accessory. It is an open secret that once you hire a maid, you have absolute power over her. You take her passport – everyone does; you decide when to pay her, and when – if ever – she can take a break; and you decide who she talks to. She speaks no Arabic. She cannot escape. In a Burger King, a Filipino girl tells me it is "terrifying" for her to wander the malls in Dubai because Filipino maids or nannies always sneak away from the family they are with and beg her for help. "They say – 'Please, I am being held prisoner, they don't let me call home, they make me work every waking hour seven days a week.' At first I would say – my God, I will tell the consulate, where are you staying? But they never know their address, and the consulate isn't interested. I avoid them now. I keep thinking about a woman who told me she hadn't eaten any fruit in four years. They think I have power because I can walk around on my own, but I'm powerless." http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/middle-east-north-africa/united-arab-emirates Many people also stop off in UAE airports on their way to other destinations. UAE airports have excellent technology and security, so transiting passengers carrying even residual amounts of drugs are arrested. Passengers in transit under the influence of drink or drugs may also be arrested and can face four years in jail. The Emirati authorities count the presence of drugs in the blood stream as possession. Local Laws and Customs - Drugs and Alcohol There is zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol. Possession of even the smallest amount of illegal drugs can lead to a minimum four-year jail sentence. You should take care over the import of prescription drugs and some over-the-counter drugs. Britons can find themselves facing charges relating to cultural differences, such as using bad language, rude gestures or public displays of affection. British nationals should also be aware of the UAE’s strict laws banning sex outside of marriage. Interesting one considering we stayed in Dubai in a double room prior to being married in Scotland. Susie http://www.escapefromdubai.com/
  20. Was just listening to the radio and they had Neil Oliver on there discussing his new series about Scotland. Really interesting fella, gives his opinion in a way I can understand. Anyway, the chat came around to the present economic climate and the past history of such things. Neil Oliver said that in the Bronze age there had been similar circumstances where Britain and indeed Europe had suffered 'recessions'. He admitted that it could have been for many reasons, but one of the possible reasons as that 'bronze' in its raw form had lost all 'kudos' and people realised that just maybe the wealth accumulated by the more bronze one had was really rather insignificant. He explained that it 'may' have been one or two people at the time just said, 'Hang on, bronze ain't worth a damn, just because we are TOLD bronze is valuable doesn't necessarily make it so', once this rumour started (if true) the arse fell out of the bronze market and people for all intents and purposes had to look for other things to 'reflect' how well off and rich they were, bronze may have lost all of it kudos simply because as he said, it was no different to any other commodity. I don't know if I have explained that properly, but it got me thinking. Just because a car has BMW stamp on it, a house has a swimming pool, or you wear a Rolex watch what the hell does this really mean, just because we believe (some believe) that something is valuable and worthy of aspiring to (or rather we are told this time and again) does this truly make that particular item any more valuable than a clapped out car, a house that is very small, or a Timex battery powered watch. I know some of us like really nice things, fair play, but have we been conned into thinking that 'certain' brands are a status symbol and in someway reflect who we are. I haven't got a problem with anyone wanting the above things, (after all, I used to own a Rolex watch, until I got divorced, looked at it, and thought, bloody hell, it's JUST a watch, no more, no less) but I do feel at times that we have been convinced that the bigger house we own, the 'branded' cars, etc, makes us more worthy of Harry down the street, when in reality we are just the same. Just a thought peeps. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  21. Guest

    Just A Thought.

    Was listening to a radio show today and they were talking about the pro's and con's of keeping babies alive that were born before 23 weeks. I won't go into the ins and outs but such thing as statistics of only 1 in ten babies of this premature age survive, and those that do survive will have massive problems, future care, parental responsibility, possible long term costs etc, and the lady who was saying that we should not try to keep these babies alive was involved with the monetary aspect of the horrible situation. And I could to a degree see what she was saying, that if we didn't spend as much money on this problem the money could be better used elsewhere within the national health service, to a degree there wasn't a lot of emotion in her argument, as I said she was more in the realms of allocating money proportionally. I know which side of the argument I fall on, to me these babies should receive as much care as possible, but I am very naive and don't really know what the 'sacrifice' will have to be made to facilitate this, but very naively, I believe they deserve all the help we can give them. But what stunned me was her last statement, she said, and I quote, 'This is NOT the way society chooses to spend its money'. That made me a bit sad really (again naively), was she speaking for the majority of us, or was it an off the cuff remark that is open to misinterpretation. As a 'society I reckon (hope) it would be a way we should spend our money. But would be great to hear other points of view, especially from those that have experiences of this, nurses, families etc. I am very adamant that we should do all we can, but that statement the lady made did shock me to a degree. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  22. Hello Peeps. Employment is often one of the biggies in our minds when we consider migration, it can be a very worrying time for all concerned, especially if you have family with you. Some of us are very fortunate that we can secure a job placement before our departure, but there are those that rock up and am at a loss to find employment, or the job offered does not turn out to be what we first expected. I can only talk very personally here, but I have never turned up in Australia with a job in hand, irresponsible maybe, but that is just the way it is,:mad::embarrassed:. But I have always managed to secure work within two weeks of arriving, maybe not in the chosen area I first wanted, but employment nonetheless. So in this respect thought I would throw this one in. There are many agencies in Australia that deal with many jobs, amongst them local government, i.e., councils. Now I realise that it has been a few years since I have used these services, and with the present economic climate things may have changed to a greater or lesser degree, but the agencies I often used were excellent and I found employment relatively quickly. I have been a 'leaf' operative, verge crew, road operative (tarmacker), litter cleaner upper, etc, and whilst these may not be perfect jobs for some they do pay a wage that may enable you to see out the rough times a little. I won't mention any names here, but in the white pages etc, they will be listed under 'Government' or Public Sector vacancies, and as I said very often these jobs involve the local councils. I never had any real worthy qualifications to speak of, but the jobs often advertised are to fill someone's long service leave, and they are for the most part 'temporary' jobs, BUT. Out of the four times I used these agencies (as temp) each and every time I was taken on as full time staff, and I can honestly say had some great jobs, OK, so picking up leaves/litter, cutting back park land etc may not be everybody's cup of tea, but for all intents and purposes I had a great time. Qualifications very rarely come into this sphere of employment in Australia, more an aptitude to just get on with it, get on with people and do a fair days work for a fair days pay. And I also found that if you are prepared to work hard and the agency get good reference back from the local councils you will very rarely be out of employment. Just a thought is all, but the trick is to look at these agencies and whilst the jobs may not be perfect for some they do offer an interim short term means of making some money, and you never know, you may get to like it and decide to stay, I know I did. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  23. landv

    I thought I share this...

    My husband sent this email from his work this morning. The sweet smell of a bluebell spring, with a mugginess in the air. The sound of a high skylark on a long summers evening, The heavy smell of an autumn wood on a sharp frosty morning and the cold biting winters wind when snow is falling... These are the things that our hearts miss and our heartache will one day take us home. :wubclub:
  24. popstar999

    Medicals - cheaper than I thought!

    Hi All, We got the news that we have a CO a couple weeks ago - it felt like Christmas! Now we are booking pcc's and medicals. I've just got off the phone from Knightsbridge Doctors and the total price given for a family of 4 medicals was less than I was expecting. For information: Permanent Visa Aus Medicals, incl chest X-rays. (Visa 176) Adults £220 each Child over 5yrs £82.50 Child under 5yrs £60 Courier to Australia £50 or to London £8 This is for the whole family's documents, not per person. (Yes, this is still a heap of money, but for some reason, I was expecting to fork out about £1000, so feel like I got bargain!) Our time line, if anyone wants to compare is.... OH is General Electrician. Vetassess completed early 2009 Applied 176 WA SS Oct'09 Granted SS May 2010 CO allocated 07.02.11 From Catherine
  25. Immigration Restriction Act 1901 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia I know it's Wikipedia but gives you a good idea of just how tough the Aussies could be when they wanted. Immigration Restriction Act 1901