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  1. Did anyone see on the news last night, Dick Smith's negative views of Aldi? Claiming that their cheap goods are not the right thing for Australians and they don't operate in an 'Australian' way? Also claiming they remove our choice as customers and put people out of work. He wants them to prove that their profits stay in Australia. This sort of rubbish is the reason why there's no external competition here. Why you have to pay high prices, because that's the best way. But don't Aldi pay money for the land they build on, don't they employ Australians in their shops and warehouses, don't they pay huge sums of tax into the system, don't they provide reasonably priced goods for the average struggling Australian? What's wrong with buying Aldi brand, if it's cheaper than a well known brand, it's our choice. I think a bit of competition and an end to the high price monopolies is what Australia needs.
  2. Hi all, My husband and I are hoping to sell a two bedroom cottage we bought a few years back. It's on an island called Karragarra, which is near Brisbane (just over an hour, including drive and ferry) The cottage has two bedrooms and has been recently renovated - polished floorboards, open log fire and a large deck looking out at amazing water views. It's also only five minutes walk from Karra's sandy beach, BBQ facilities, roped off swimming area, ferry facilities and so on. Small and close community. Demand is pretty slow in the 'holiday cottage' market at the moment, so we're looking at finding buyers who want a gorgeous, beach side lifestyle near Brisbane for a bargain price - maybe people looking to retire near family, etc. Perfect for fishing, keeping a boat, kayaking or just lounging on the beach. Asking 300,000 ONO.
  3. To all my NORTHERN TERRITORY APPLICANT friends out there... Lets just gather here and give the updates abouit the Recent time frames of Regional NORTHERN TERRITORY sponsorship and how difficult or easy is to get the sponsorship.Can we assume that the SMP will not change until July 2012? How many weeks does it normally take to get it approved... Get together and say everything abt the NT...Speak your hearts out folks ! Whether positive or negative views...all will be appreciated :biggrin:
  4. we are off to Tasmania and looking at selling our home of 16 years ... full details are available on the dedicated web site we have built ... http://www.home4sale.net.au ... we welcome your enquiries and feedback
  5. The new series has just started- simply a soap opera or not?
  6. They are asking the local people where the cuts should be made, Chief Constable Peter Fahey has arranged meetings at town halls across 10 Greater Manchester authorities, to find ways forward on where to make the cuts. Greater Manchester Police cuts Reckless cuts to our local police go way beyond what is necessary and will put the safety of communities at risk. Almost a quarter of all posts at Greater Manchester Police are being cut and these will lead to a loss of up to 1,500 police officer posts, and 1,400 civilian jobs. Chief Constable Peter Fahy has been put in an impossible position and has acknowledged that the cuts are “huge” and that Greater Manchester police will have to make “very difficult decisions about the service to the public”. With one in five people losing their job it is hard to see how frontline services will not be affected. My son wants to become a police Officer ............ theres not much chance of that happening in the next few years.
  7. I would like to thank admin for giving me the permission to post my apartment for sale in Turkey. I have now decided I would like to move to Australia to be with my family so am taking the hard decision of selling my home in Turkey. s Stunning 180 degree Panoramic Sea Views from 2 large Balconies with a hop, skip and jump to the beach in a small town near Alanya Turkey. This stunning top floor apartment offers everything you could want either to live in full time or as hoiday home or as a great investment opportunity. This Apartment Offers: 2 Double Bedrooms with built in wardrobes, one having access to the balcony with gorgeous sunset views, uninterrupted sea views and sea breezes. Good size living area with patio doors leading to another balcony with sea views over the Mediterranean Sea, Large swimming pool and outstanding views of the coast line. Fully Fitted Kitchen with windows overlooking the sea and door to balcony with sea and harbour views.. Includes water cooler, dishwasher, cooker, washing machine and fridgefreezer. Plenty of builtin storage. Shower Room - Recently re fitted with walk in shower, fully tiled in black and white. Granit tops, mirrored walls, spotlights. Also an electric water heater providing constant hot water. Access to Roof Terrace Apartment is fully furnished (custom made furniture) a place for everything and offers Air Con to the Master Bedroom and Living Areas. Most of the contents are included so ready for holidays or long stay. Two balconies furnished with table and chairs one with gas bbq both with beautiful views over the sea. A comfortable home with digital tv and internet access and telephone. You will LOVE the views! Apartment Complex Offers: Large Swimming Pool with sunbeds and parasols Garden front to beach On Site Manager and Gardener Access to Beach On Street Parking Quiet Area Close to many shops bars and restaurants Near to local bus/coach stops and taxis Nearby 250 Metres to small Harbour can be seen from apartment Boat Trips Daily 300 Metres to town, shops, bars, restaurants. 300 Metres to Public Transport More info and photos on request Sensibe offers will be considered No new residential property being built so near to the beach in this area.
  8. Bit of a rant, so excuse my self indulgence,:wubclub:. Been having bit of a problem with the old SIL lately, bloody evil woman she is, and I mean EVIL. I also realise that many people dislike me with a vengeance, that is part and parcel of being human I guess, but for our own sanity should we 'just' accept certain behaviours and realise that no matter what is said and done certain people will NEVER CHANGE. I guess I am fairly lucky in the fact that I can to a degree ignore such behaviour when it is aimed at me, but when it is aimed at those I care about the mountain becomes at times insurmountable and I find myself filling with rage and wanting to shove something down the throat of those that 'choose' to be two faced, evil, or just plain bloody hurtful. I have come to a stage in my life where I will NEVER accept certain behaviours but do my best to walk away and not to, let them get inside my head, but, as I said when it is done to someone who is close to me(especially if they are somewhat vulnerable) I find myself filling with rage that I 'thought' I had left behind many years ago. How do you cope with this sort of emotion, do you let it dictate your life, not concerned, or do you cope in a different way. As I said, I am far from perfect, but like to think that I will stand shoulder to shoulder with those who need my help, maybe giving myself way too much credence here, but it is my thread.:wink: Cheers Tony.
  9. Just wondered what your views are regarding alternative medicine for different illness, Your experiences etc, did they work or waste of money, I only ask as i seem to be getting mixed views, mostly from people who have never used them! I have currently had ongoing hives now for almost 6 months, After having full bloods ( negative) and two courses of steroids, ( cleared up once taking these) They are still here! So i am now drinking more water, probiotic drinks, increased vit c and now thanks to the health shop Echinacea tablets! Only been taking those for 24 hrs, The hives do seem not so bad today! Would be good to hear your views on what you have tried and did they work, As maybe you hay fever sufferers in oz try something different etc, Thanks Dawn x
  10. I found this news report very harrowing yesterday but it got me wondering what care of the elderly is like in Aus as a comparison .... NHS Is Failing The Elderly, Health Service Ombudsman Ann Abraham Condemns Patient Treatment | UK News | Sky News K :wubclub:
  11. Guest

    Views on Chastwood

    My Aussie husband, 2 year-old and I are moving to Sydney in March and are trying to firm up where to live. We like Willoughby / Lane Cove, but there doesn't seem to be lots to rent in those areas and we are also thinking about Chatswood. Would really welcome any views about whether this would be a good place to live for a young family. We are ideally looking for: - Walking distance to shops - Nice parks around in walking distance - Plenty to do with kids / lots of friendly mums around (expecting baby # 2 in June) Thanks so much in advance for any help!
  12. Guest

    Views on citizenship

    Reading through some older threads earlier set me thinking about the whole concept of citizenship.If/when you gain australian citizenship will/did you consider yourself an aussie then or will you still think of yourself as whatever nationality you were to begin with?Being a citizen is of course different to being of a certain nationality but I was wondering if people view themselves in a different way after gaining citizenship.
  13. Anyone interested large apartment to rent direct from owner, great people. 3 queen size bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, modern kitchen stainless steel appliances, granite benches, lounge, dining area, separate laundry, 2 reverse cycle A/C, double garage, large balcony all round with sea views. 100 metres to Sutton Beach. If interested PM me and I will put you in contact. Children OK.$410 per week
  14. Would love to hear you views on dental schemes or practices for children. We got the free Medicare Teenage Check-up Vouchers a few weeks ago and I took the kids to a dentist in the Mount Martha area. We got a 'schedule' for treatment.... Daughter 1 (16 years) - $900 Duaghter 2 (11 years) - $750 We knew the NHS was not the best service but... Any 'ideas' would be appreciated!!!!!:cry:
  15. I am interested in peoples views on their gyms in the area. Do you think they are good value for money? I need to join a gym or something to get fit and tone up and would prefer to go on a recommendation of a place. Any not so good reports please message me. Thanks x
  16. I am new here and just starting this thread for everyone to tell the rest of us why they love and/or want to make the move, the process you're in or will be in, or if you have already moved, was it what you expected? I ll give you my story: I am no where near the process of moving, years off, but I hope it will be worth the wait. I last college last july after studying media, not knowing what to do, so I didn't go to university. I have always wanted to travel and possibly live in Australia since I was about 10 (- yes 10!!!) so my plan was to get a full time job, save up and travel Australia with a friend next year. 9 months later and still no full time job (thank you recession). I had been thinking a lot about where I want to be in 5-10 years time, and what I actually want to do with my life. I thought I could either a) finally find a job save up and then travel Australia, then go back and get a degree and then move out or b) go to university now, save up while at uni, get a years experience and travel around Australia before settling in one spot. The main worry was being a let down to my friend as it is something we have said we would do since the 2nd year at college, but I told you and she was fine with it. As I've always a caring and empathetic person, and like helping others, I have been looking into studying nursing at uni next September. At the end of the day if I change my mind about Australia, at least I still have a degree under my belt and some money to travel with still. In the mean time I'm going to find a care worker job for some relevant experience, do a part time course at college to give me more UCAS points, and take driving lessons. All of this will benefit me getting into university and starting the nursing course. I haven't had any doubts about whether this is the right thing to do or not, and I am positive I'm not going to change my mind about living in Australia....it sounds weird but it feels like I belong there, and I know I'll love it because I want to be surrounded by beautiful scenery and I like the outdoors. I also don't want to have any children, and think having children in Australia would benefit them greatly. This is a bit of an essay I know! Just sharing my future plans because travelling and living in Australia has been my dream for years I am living Portsmouth, Hampshire, and the reason I don't like it here is because of 1. the weather, YES I know this has been said countless times but it's true. 2. The people, everyone seems so apathetic about things and this country, it brings me down, even my family are so pessamistic 24/7. 3. not many job prospects 4. not a lot to do ourdoors and therefor not much to do for kids nowadays except sit in their computer and hang around on the streets. I will shut up now!! I'd love to hear of your plans and experiences for and of Australia
  17. Come on people, pipe up I wanna hear your stories about future plans or plans you're currently making to be able to make the big move, and why this is just for fun, for people to share their experiences with others on here. And if you have moved, was it as you expected? What do you miss about the UK? I will post mine shortly, I actually already wrote it in this new thread but then my laptop shut down *sigh* so here I am making a new one!
  18. Just trawling the schools at the mo around the Gold Coast and my son has been offered a place on the Steiner Excellence programme at Benowa High. Just wondered if anyone had any info/thoughts on this style of teaching and whether their children have been part of it? Cheers Julie
  19. I have posted on here before but with regards to getting my mum and visa, which is not possible as she does not meet the certain criteras needed. So here goes:- Hubby is an ozzie we have been living here for the last 12 years and have 3 children. I have one brother and one sister both live overseas and have done for the last 11 and 7 years respectively, have no plans on returning home or emigrating to oz. Mum was an only child and both her parents have been deceased for many years now. My dad passed away 13 years ago. So here is the problem we are both quite desperate to return to oz but in doing so I will be leaving her here home alone, billy no mates! Have gone down the avenue of getting her the one year holiday visa (who knows what might happen) and then it would be 6 months thereafter. She does visit both my brother and sister for 1 month at a time each. but thus this would leave her here 4 months with no one. We were all set to go last year believing stupiedly after being informed wrongly that she would be able to get an cpv, so we halted the house sale and stayed put as I could not think straight to get the right answer. But both of us are still really wanting to return. Mum is 63 and a still currently works on and off as a bank nurse, has a few friends but mainly her life revolves around me and the kids who she adores. I feel so bad as I am trying to make the right decision as the kids would like to return also, if we stay I am putting my mums life before ours, if I go I am leaving her here alone for 4 months. Sorry I know I have waffled but would really appreciate someones point of views on this! Thanks :no:
  20. rach28

    Perth and my views

    This is probably going to be a long post as so much has happend since we arrived but here goes. We got priority processing on are ss and visa because i found out i was pregnant with mt 3rd child at the beginning of the year. we got granted are visas and it was exciting, then the decission had to be made to either fly out to perth or stay and have baby in uk. We decided to fly ou because if i stayed we would have to get another visa for baby pluss passport and meds etc and as we had already front loaded are meds and pc we where on a time limit. We rented are house so we handed the keys back and moved in with my inlaws at the beginning of june so we could save some money. It was hard going as they only lived in a two bed bungalow and four of us where sleeping in one bedroom. I was having to drive back and forth across the city everyday as tylers school, brownies and out of school activities where the other side of city. The last 2 days in the uk where hard because of all the goodbyes. We went to my friends and there was just a couple of my close friends there, they had balloons saying goodbye and pictures in albums and frames. It was so sad when it came to leave and say goodbye there was just floods of tears and they said they couldnt beleive i was really doing it. It was harder as by this point i was about 33 weeks pregnant and my friends knew it would be a long time before they meet the baby. The day we flew we where picked up at 6.00am and it was still dark outside, the inlaws, sister in law and niece saw us off and trust me its was very emotional. I had never seen my husband cry before, and here he was in floods of tears saying by to his family, tyler was alos in floods of tears, it did make me think for a secound is the right thing seeing it being so hard on everyone. I held back the tears because i thought someone needed to be brave. Lili not being quite 2 yet was ok she didnt understand what was going on. We flew from london to singapore with singapore airlines on the new a380 the flight was ok, wayne and lili fell asleep on the plane before we even took off. Lili started to get bored which we expected but tyler was ok. It was a welcome sight to land in singapore though. We then had a 4 hour flight from singapore to perth. Singapore airlines are great with the kids i would highly reccomend them, they basicaly waited on the kids hand and foot. We got double luggage allowance so we got 80 kgs each, we paid for a child seat for lili so she also got 80 kgs. Singapore airlines will take baby equipment free. We had the pram, travel cot and even a box with one of those seats that strap to a dinning room chair, we aslso put all are dirty washing from the day before in the box lol. The only thing i didnt like about the flight was the landing and taking off, the baby went crazy dont think he liked it either he twisted he turned, kicked punched it was the most horrible feeling ever lol. Well anywaqy we landed in perth on 3rd august and it was sunny and well for us anyway hot. We where picked up at airport by waynes aunt and uncle. oh yeah we brought in crisps and chocolate, which i declared on the landing card, which was ok but you can imagine how much stuff we had, wayne was pushing and pulling two trolleys stacked high, i was also pushing a trolley stacked high and tyler was pushing the pram with lili in it and all are hand luggage and laptop stacked on pram. And they decided they wanted to xray all are stuff. When you see the customs programme i know now why people get so angry. I was 33 weeks pregnant just flew from london hadnt had any sleep and we had to unload everything so it could all be xrayed. An in perth airport it is literaly a couple of 100 yards from conveyer belt not impressed. Any way we where staying with waynes family till we got sorted again all 4 of us where squashed into one room. ( am going to limit information here as this family is members on pio, but think this is important for people to be aware of) Whilst we where in uk i helped another family on pio with there tra, he was a plasterer the same as my husband and as i had done the whole application myself thought i would help because of the situation they where in. They kindly offered wayne a job when we got out as he started his own business and said he had loads of work. So we gratfully exepted the job offer and contacted them when we arrived. Wayne started work and things where ok to start, he was being payed a day rate, it wasnt fantastic but it was a job and money, then things went down hill he would leave at 6am and not get home till 8pm and not get paid any extra, then he started only having a few days here and there, at which time im not impressed. Then he stopped answering txts and calls from wayne, but then would contact him after few days. then the last straw was he said to wayne he would call him over weekend to let him know details for monday and we never heard a thing for ages, they still owed wayne $600 to cut long story short they messed him around lost invoices etc etc eventualy got $400. But i told wayne to forget the other $200 and the old saying what goes around comes around will come back to bite them. The moral of the story is you are going to get ripped off when you first arrive, you are also going to be tacken advantage of. Just because people are your friends on pio you really dont know them, and have never meet them. They could be anyone and tell you anything. Im not saying everyone on pio are like this as i have made some very good friends on here but just a warning as some people are not as they seem. Anyway, wayne is now working for an engineering company and is happy with his job, we are looking at getting him ino fifo just for the money basicaly. I had the baby two weeks early on the 15th september i had him at armadale hospital. Have to say the hospital is fantastic the nurses, midwifes etc where great the only thing was they beleive in natural births, i say give me epidural because i dont like pain lol. but by the time they gave in to me after making me try everything else it was to late, i was not impressed as i had only had one injection think it was morphein or some thing like that, and that was no effect and had totaly warn off. Now i never knew why women screamed and shouted so much in child birth but now i know. Me and wayne had been having a chuckle to are selves listening to all the noise. I wasnt chuckling later trust me. Right for important stuff lol, rentals you need to look round and be prepared to wait, we eventualy got ours out of the paper and we rent direct of the landlady. The new buildings are amazing and massive inside but garden wise you dont get much, so if you want more outside space then you need to for an older property. Also the other thing to take into account is location, yeah it might be lovely to live in a new build down in mandurah right next to the beach but if you in the building industry you have, had it as there is no work down there and you will be travelling well over an hour to and from work each day. Cars are not cheap even secound hand, dogs for a secound dog of a car you are looking at $2000. This is not the land of milk and honey and you will be shocked at the prices, food shopping and clothes shopping is more expensive than the uk. Foxtel which is like sky but about half the channels is $75 a month, thats is to have everything apart from sports and movies, broadband which we got from phone provider is think aroung $70 a month for 80 gig download, they dont do unlimited out here. Now there has been threads with people saying oh you need atleast $20,000 to even survive out here, well yes it would be nice but its all down to where you shop and what you want in life. We came out with about $5,000 to $6,000. all we brought out with us was what we could fir in suitcases and we also sent waynes tools and the pc over with dhl. Yes we where lucky in the fact that we had some where rent free to stay when we got here, we only stayed with waynes family for a few weeks. But you can still come over here with nothing and make it. We have all the basics that we need and a bit more, we are always buying each week. The best thing to do is to look in the freebies each week. Each week you get a bundle of leaflets from shops like kmart, target and big w with all there sale items for that week. Also each week coles, woolworths and iga have ther sale catalogues. so just shop around for a bargain. We now have 2 cars as it was a necessite there not fantastic but they get wayne to and from work and get me where i need to go. The weather has been ok for the last couple of weeks but when we first arrived in August it constantly rained for weeks solid and when i say rain i mean it rained, the roads looked like rivers lol. Oh yeah my experience is that oz education is not better than the uk, well state primary any way. I can only speak from my point of view about state primary schools in my area and the school tyler went to in the uk. In the uk tyler got spelling each week she had to learn 10 words per week and have a test at the end of the wee, also 3 reading books per week then on a friday homework of english and maths. When i questioned tylers teacher here about the lack of work being sent home i was told that they dont do spellings, reading books the kids can take if they want to but they are not made to and home work is given on a monday but as she only has a part time ta then she does not check to see who has and hasnt done homework. Unfortunatly because of catchment areas this is the only school i can get her into. Catholic schools have waiting lists so i would reccomend getting kids names down now. At the moment we are not in the financial position to send her private. But trust me when i say im concerned as tyler is from a previous relationship i have told her that if things dont pick up at school then she will have to come back to the uk for school and stay with her dad. I would never send my child back on her own for no reason but her school work is seriously suffering. and i personaly think education is too important. Anyway think thats about it. Rachael
  21. Guest

    Butler - Any views ?

    Hey Everyone... Was just wondering if anyone has first hand experience of the Butler area, we won't be fortunate enough to be able to do a reccie... We are looking to find somewhere that is great for families... any advice would be greatly appreciated... thanks xxxxx
  22. Hi....:cute: We are hoping to move to Western Australia at the begining of 2010 with our sons, who will be aged 6 & 17 years I would love to hear from you guys as to what life is like for you in Western Australia, so I can tell my boys Thanks so much :notworthy:
  23. We are wanting to fly Manchester to Melbourne with Etihad. Would welcome any views on what your experience was like with them, the food and childrens meals if possible - we have 11 and 16 year old fussy girls :confused: Need the good, bad and ugly!! Would you use them again or not??:shocked: xxx
  24. We are breaking our lease early as we have bought a house so are looking to find a replacement tenant for our 4 bedroom house with a media room, ducted air con, covered deck, pool and stunning views to the mountains. Available unfurnished from 29th June. $490 per week PM me for pics and further details We love this house it could be perfect for you! Regards Andrew
  25. Maisie

    have you used this agency

    Has anyone used the migration agency Ambler Collins in London?? :v_SPIN:
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