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  1. Guest

    War Heroine Nancy Wake Dies

    Nancy Wake, the French Resistance fighter who became Australia's most decorated World War II heroine, has died in a London hospital at the age of 98. Born in New Zealand and raised in Sydney, Ms Wake was nicknamed "The White Mouse" by the Gestapo because she was so hard to capture. She is regarded as a heroine in France, which decorated her with its highest honour, the Legion d'Honneur, as well as three Croix de Guerre and a French Resistance Medal. Ms Wake left Australia and moved to France in 1932, joining the Resistance after the German invasion in 1940 and helping shelter displaced Jews fleeing the Nazi regime. She later recounted how she had first become aware of the cruelty of the Nazis during a visit to Austria in 1933. "In Vienna they had a big wheel and they had the Jews tied to it, and the stormtroopers were there, whipping them. When we were going out of Vienna they took our photos. That was my experience of Hitler," she said. Credited with helping to save thousands of lives, Ms Wake was placed at the top of the Gestapo's most wanted list and fled France for England on the advice of her husband Henri Fiocca in 1943. "Henri said, 'You have to leave', and I remember going out the door saying I'd do some shopping, that I'd be back soon. And I left and I never saw him again." Trained as a spy by Britain's Special Operations Executive, she then returned to Nazi-occupied France to work with the Resistance in preparation for the D-Day landings in Normandy in June 1944. Parachuted back into France, Ms Wake's job was to distribute weapons among Resistance fighters hiding in the mountains. "In those days it was safer, or a woman had more chance than a man, to get around, because the Germans were taking men out just like that." To arrange the delivery of weapons and other supplies, messages had to be sent via radio phones. Ms Wake's group lost theirs during a raid by German troops. This disastrous loss meant Ms Wake had to pedal more than 200km to another radio operator. "The blokes didn't think I'd ever get back. I only volunteered for it not because I'm brave but because I was the only one who could do it, being a woman. "I got back and they said "How are you?" I cried. I couldn't stand up, I couldn't sit down. I couldn't do anything. I just cried." As well as the Legion d'Honneur, Ms Wake was awarded Britain's George Medal and the US Medal of Freedom. But despite the international recognition, it took 60 years for Australia to honour her service, awarding her the Companion of the Order of Australia in 2004. It is believed Ms Wake's health had recently deteriorated and she was admitted to the Kingston Hospital two weeks ago with a chest infection. She had lived in London since 2001. In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated privately and her ashes scattered at Montlucon in central France next spring. What an amazing woman .. I found her book fascinating. RIP to an exceptionally courageous and brave woman:notworthy:
  2. Some of us know mate that two of your favourite interests are Scotch and the life and times of Ernest Shackleton, well, this will be manna from heaven for you mate, have a look at the link below, must warm your heart Pablo. BBC News - Shackleton's South Pole whisky returns to Scotland Now, I know they say that the crate being delivered to Scotland will never be drunk, BUT, I have a cunning plan 'Me Lord'. Pay Stevie with a couple dozen bottles of Irn Bru, you know what he is like, would do almost anything to get his hands on it.:biglaugh: I am sure Stevie would be able to 'pur - chase' several bottles and get them to you. I am sure if we read that a certain Scotsman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Russ Abbott has been arrested, we will be able to bail him out somehow. Cheers Tony.:wink:
  3. It's good to know that DIAC is working on internal reformation as well as planning changes for the entire migration program. Pre-September 2009 applicants of Category 5, 6 and 7 are glad (I'm sure they will agree) to see that there will be less migrants to compete in the job market in the coming years as the oz government is preferring employer sponsorship than independent skilled applicants. I don't think it will be a problem for the future applicants since they will apply based on the new rules and requirements. But why do we have to suffer? We feel like we've been forgotten. It's time that DIAC wake up and make some positive announcements about processing the pre-september Category 5, 6 and 7 applications. While we are aware that some category 5 applications are being on hand to bd processed, we believe more of them should be handled and the backlog should be cleared up instead of processing new applicants first. So, it's time that pre-september applications are given exemption from the priority processing system if DIAC is planning to continue using priority processing system. DIAC should plan to process these applications in the order they received. WE HAVE SUFFERED MUCH, ALREADY. Let us give some good news soon and let us have a sound sleep the night you announce begin processing of this applications.
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    8th May what a way to wake up

    I have just woken up and read the multiple posts on the fact DIAC have closed processing for 175 and 176 Visas until 1st July. We had been working really hard with a migration agent for the last few months getting ourselves in a position to submit our visas before the SOL change (as have many others). We were going to submit this week now this!!!! Questions to the floor... What happens with my completed skills assessment for an accountant?? IS the general feeling this will remain on the SOL?? if it is will i need to re apply for this??? Any light you can shed is much appreciated. Thanks

    Wake up Phone Call

    Just coming round after a phone call at 5.24am to say after three telephone interviews hubby been offered a 457. We are off to Sydney!!!!!!:biggrin:
  6. Granted today Current date and timeFri Dec 18 18:49:26 EST 2009Visa class/subclassVE 176Visa descriptionRESIDENTVisa applicantPrimaryVisa statusIn EffectVisa grant date18/12/2009Visa expiry date18/12/2014Enter before date24/09/2010Entries allowedMultiple entries to and from Australia during the validity of your visaMust not arrive after18/12/2014Period of stayIndefinite
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    Good Bye UK - Wake up call

    Hi All It is now only 6 weeks and 5 days until we leave the UK forever. Scared, yes, regrets none, excited, very much, flying, petrified, I guess it is easier knowing I do not have to fly back. Just want to wish anyone out there waiting for that all important news ALL THE LUCK IN THE WORLD. Missiemo