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Guest opusca1

hi all

 

just wondering if any1 has moved to canbera and actually likes it? find it very hard to meet any one as the residents are very clicky!!!

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Guest siamsusie
hi all

 

just wondering if any1 has moved to canbera and actually likes it? find it very hard to meet any one as the residents are very clicky!!!

 

One of our members Sqem wil be flying out to see her parents this evening from the Uk Opusca, I am sure she will pick this up with a few others and have some good advice.

 

It probably takes time, dont know how long you have been there, heres hoping you meet a lovely bunch of people soon :hug: Susie

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I have been here for 30 years and have always found that most relationships are forged through work or some particular hobby. It is, however, quite an insular place as you will have found - I guess that comes of the two income suburban families working their butts off for the big house.

 

I guess I have never found it difficult to make acquaintances but I dont know that I would put too many of them in the real friends bracket - they have been very transient over the years.

 

If you are young, there are a few clubs/bars around (can ask around the young singles here at work if you like).

 

Always happy to have a coffee but I suspect I am of that demographic which would have very limited appeal for any new migrant (retired old woman!:biglaugh:)

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I personally dont have a problem, in fact I have never felt more at home here than anywhere else. I have been here 2.5 years and have made some good friends. There are so many things to do in Canberra and I find because of the lack of commuting many people socialise afterwork, even during the week. What kind of things are you into? Maybe i could suggest a few places / activites then.

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Hi there,

I have lived in Canberra for 9 months and have hated every moment of it, so much so we are moving to Richmond, I, like you have found it difficult to mix with the locals, even the other mums who run away if you say hello.

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Hi there,

I have lived in Canberra for 9 months and have hated every moment of it, so much so we are moving to Richmond, I, like you have found it difficult to mix with the locals, even the other mums who run away if you say hello.

 

Sorry to hear that ingy, that really isnt a good look for Canberra and I dont think I have ever found it to be quite that bad. Hope you enjoy Richmond - is that the RAAF base you will be going to?

 

As I said, I am always up for coffee!!! Sorry dont have little kids though.

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We've been in Canberra 2 half months now and love it hav found everyone is so friendly.

 

Hope you feel more settled soon.

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hey thanks for that!! the only places i know to go that make me enjoy canberra are sydney and melbourne

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thanks for the posts guys. i think canberra is bearable when ur married and thats bout it!! I arrived with my gf in feb but she has to go home at xmas cos of crap visa restrictions. couldnt agree more with ingy, the place is rubbish, mainly cos the folks seem uneducated and have a hugh chip on thier shoulder that they are laughed at throughout Australia and They are. I traveled oz on hols last yr then moved out all exctied to live here. chose canberra as had never been and just assumed it was like rest of oz without a beach, what a hugh mistake!! no wonder they need a live in canberra campaign website!! the place is awful!!!!

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thanks for the posts guys. i think canberra is bearable when ur married and thats bout it!! I arrived with my gf in feb but she has to go home at xmas cos of crap visa restrictions. couldnt agree more with ingy, the place is rubbish, mainly cos the folks seem uneducated and have a hugh chip on thier shoulder that they are laughed at throughout Australia and They are. I traveled oz on hols last yr then moved out all exctied to live here. chose canberra as had never been and just assumed it was like rest of oz without a beach, what a hugh mistake!! no wonder they need a live in canberra campaign website!! the place is awful!!!!

 

LOL on the contrary, the education rate in Canberra would be higher than pretty much anywere else in the country on a percapita basis. It is a different place though, no doubt about that - it has a very high itinerant population, because of all those highly educated people who come in for contracts or transitional high level postings within government services. People move on from here - it is often a valuable stepping stone in a career path hence the reason that most people are very career focussed - not to mention cash strapped because of exorbitant mortgages/rents.

 

What is it exactly that you are looking for? There is plenty going on if you know where to look for it. Have you tried RiotACT for some heads up about things to do?

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hey quoll. your idea of an education system and mine are very different. im a chartered accountant and tax speacialist from the uk!! the exams i undertook are considered the most difficult in the world, In oz u just turn up do 1 unit at a time and after 5 units ur an accountant!! anyway aprt from that the women are ugly the guys are savage ill mannered hooligans!! theres nothing nice about the city, its horrible!! im after fun times and hope to find a professional single girl, but canberra isnt the palce!! im heading back to uk in 2 weeks and am considering goin awol as the place relaly is that bad!!! just wish id did more research on it!! but i will make it my gola to ensure any1 i know never has the misfortune of coming anywhere near this god for saken dump ever!!!

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hey quoll. your idea of an education system and mine are very different. im a chartered accountant and tax speacialist from the uk!! the exams i undertook are considered the most difficult in the world, In oz u just turn up do 1 unit at a time and after 5 units ur an accountant!! anyway aprt from that the women are ugly the guys are savage ill mannered hooligans!! theres nothing nice about the city, its horrible!! im after fun times and hope to find a professional single girl, but canberra isnt the palce!! im heading back to uk in 2 weeks and am considering goin awol as the place relaly is that bad!!! just wish id did more research on it!! but i will make it my gola to ensure any1 i know never has the misfortune of coming anywhere near this god for saken dump ever!!!
:mad: How ugly are the women Opuscal? Goodness savage men,! could you define please, sitting here wondering how quickly I could get to Canberra:jiggy: susie

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hey quoll. your idea of an education system and mine are very different. im a chartered accountant and tax speacialist from the uk!! the exams i undertook are considered the most difficult in the world, In oz u just turn up do 1 unit at a time and after 5 units ur an accountant!! anyway aprt from that the women are ugly the guys are savage ill mannered hooligans!! theres nothing nice about the city, its horrible!! im after fun times and hope to find a professional single girl, but canberra isnt the palce!! im heading back to uk in 2 weeks and am considering goin awol as the place relaly is that bad!!! just wish id did more research on it!! but i will make it my gola to ensure any1 i know never has the misfortune of coming anywhere near this god for saken dump ever!!!

 

Damn, there are several very attractive young, well educated single women in the place I work - wish I had known, I could have gone into the dating agency line! Mind you, the fact that they struggle to find a decent bloke probably supports your argument about the men who seem to be available!

 

LOL I didnt say that they were definitively well educated, I said they were well educated in comparison with other Australian cities - I do tend to agree with you that a UK education is superior, certainly in my own field there was considerably more rigor than a comparable degree here.

 

All the best with your next move and sorry you didnt like it here

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Damn, there are several very attractive young, well educated single women in the place I work - wish I had known, I could have gone into the dating agency line! Mind you, the fact that they struggle to find a decent bloke probably supports your argument about the men who seem to be available!

 

LOL I didnt say that they were definitively well educated, I said they were well educated in comparison with other Australian cities - I do tend to agree with you that a UK education is superior, certainly in my own field there was considerably more rigor than a comparable degree here.

 

All the best with your next move and sorry you didnt like it here

Seriously Quoll, I would love to read a balanced view on Canberra, its pros and cons. It looks nice, but then so do many places on the net.

There appears to be many things to do, I see you have the Paris exhibition coming there this week Van Gogh etc @ the National Gallery. Theatre/Dance etc looks good, Lady Gaga arriving in March. From your posts I do realise that Australia isnt for you after all these years, but as cities go do you like living there?:wubclub: Susie

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where ar ethese attractive girls? where do they hang out? susie do u livee in oz? just come and take a look for urself!! as for lady gaga? wat about britney spears? tiger woods, afl? beyonce? etc etc who all by pass this whole on the earth!!! its a joke the ppl are a joke!!! the biggest joke is 2 hrs away from oz best coastline? beaches are terrible! quoll are u attractive? im so bored ill take any1 at min

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where ar ethese attractive girls? where do they hang out? susie do u livee in oz? just come and take a look for urself!! as for lady gaga? wat about britney spears? tiger woods, afl? beyonce? etc etc who all by pass this whole on the earth!!! its a joke the ppl are a joke!!! the biggest joke is 2 hrs away from oz best coastline? beaches are terrible! quoll are u attractive? im so bored ill take any1 at min
I am not sure Opuscal, if I am in Australia or Dubai, I swear I saw a camel strolling past:skeptical: Come on there are bound to be some lovelies around but you just havent come across them yet.

I think Quoll will have an answer for you young man relating to your last statement, but in all honesty I am beginning to understand why the women arent finding you attractive:wink:lol

Love Susie xxx

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where ar ethese attractive girls? where do they hang out? susie do u livee in oz? just come and take a look for urself!! as for lady gaga? wat about britney spears? tiger woods, afl? beyonce? etc etc who all by pass this whole on the earth!!! its a joke the ppl are a joke!!! the biggest joke is 2 hrs away from oz best coastline? beaches are terrible! quoll are u attractive? im so bored ill take any1 at min

 

Aw sweetie I am probably old enough to be your mum so well past the stage of being attractive - do you have an age range, I'll ask around at work:biglaugh:

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Seriously Quoll, I would love to read a balanced view on Canberra, its pros and cons. It looks nice, but then so do many places on the net.

There appears to be many things to do, I see you have the Paris exhibition coming there this week Van Gogh etc @ the National Gallery. Theatre/Dance etc looks good, Lady Gaga arriving in March. From your posts I do realise that Australia isnt for you after all these years, but as cities go do you like living there?:wubclub: Susie

 

Well if you have to live in Australia it is one of the better places to live. Canberra is a hybrid city/country town and it was planned and everything is generally less than 100 years old - there is a lot of green (well as far as Australian green goes) and you can see the bush from anywhere in town. We are well endowed with facilities - more olympic size swimming pools in Canberra than in the whole of UK at the last count for example.

 

It is very much a working town so most of the population are public servants - with the negative connotation that that brings but most of the ones I know are no longer the be-cardiganed lifers but quite dynamic and driven young things earning more than I ever did. The disadvantage of that too is that most of the families are two income families to suport the over large mortgages which are required to even get a rabbit hutch here. As the population has grown they have built up the outer suburbs which, IMHO, are somewhat soul-less and the inner city suburbs are gradually being gentrified and, sadly, medium-density-ized.

 

Weatherwise it is good if you like sunshine - we have seasons but in general the sun shines aboout 350 days a year and there is much less rainfall than we actually need so we are in drought conditions and have been for about 7 years now. Many Canberrans have a place down the coast as well - I quite take opusca1's point about the nearest beaches - Bateman's Bay is Redcar-Downunder but there are some glorious beaches just a bit further afield. My favourites would be 4 hours south down on 90 mile beach - not the crowds that the South Coast has either. We are also just over 2 hours from the snow fields if that is your bag. In just under 3 hours you can get to Sydney which, in comparison, is dirty and much seedier - the road there is boring as b*tsh*t though so flying is recommended:biglaugh:

 

As I said, people come and go here a lot - occasionally you do encounter a lifer but there is quite a lot of mobility. Neither of my kids live here - one lives in the bush and the other lives in UK and I dont know if either will choose to come back here. I work with a bunch of people and only one of them is locally born and bred the others are all ring ins from country NSW or England like myself. The disadvantage of that is that most families dont have the extended family support that they might have done in smaller places - that does sort of increase the sense of isolation for most families.

 

We have all the national buildings and it has very much the national capital flavour of DC - so we do get a lot of tourists ticking the "I've seen parliament house" box. When you live here though, just like living in London you drive past them and never give them a second thought for the most part.

 

We have a thriving volunteer workforce - volunteering in ACT is alive and well even though most folk have their real life commitments as well and I think that is often a sign of a healthy community. However, there is always room for more!

 

We dont get a lot of the stuff that young adults probably require (or think they require) so the club scene, whilst it is there is obviously going to be nothing like the scene in Sydney or Melbourne. We very occasionally get big name performers but usually Canberra doesnt feature on their itinerary. Arts and drama are strong locally but not perhaps the high quality stuff that you can walk into any day of the week in London. Sure we do get good visiting exhibitions but not in the volume that you get in cities of 10 - 20 times the size. Remember that we are only 330k.

 

It doesnt float my boat but, then again, I havent found anywhere in Australia that I can call home - it is missing "mellow" and "depth" for me - it's all harsh and shallow. I am a history girl (history relevant to me that is), not at all PC, love the countryside and loathe the flies.

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hey quoll worth a try lol!! id like 27-31 if possible!! and as for u susie, im not rude to girls lol!! i had a gf whole time i was here!!! she has to go home tho!!! just commenting on wat i see in canberra. also susie sat and sun the so called city is empty, and at xmas no 1 is around either

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Quoll thank you so much for that report on Canberra, I appreciate that. It's very interesting hearing from someone who has lived there for a good number of years. I love the arts and drama side of things, and am the first buying a couple of tickets to shows that come up our way in sleepy Karratha. We had the Royal Ballet here a while ago and a few other shows, but its basically down to Perth if we want something special......again thank you for such a great appraisal.

Now back to that cheeky monkey Opusca lol. I imagine Quoll to be a younger Jo Lumley Opus (61) google her if you are too young to remember her! I sincerely hope your girl friend isnt aware of PIO, your statement "you will take anything" would make me rush down to the local clinic lol. Ok for you the place is boring get yourself a car/bike and explore, take a cheapie flight along the coast and do your "baywatch impersonation". Go volunteering (as Quoll says its very active there), you sound young, the world is your oyster get out there lad lol. Susie xx

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hey quoll worth a try lol!! id like 27-31 if possible!! and as for u susie, im not rude to girls lol!! i had a gf whole time i was here!!! she has to go home tho!!! just commenting on wat i see in canberra. also susie sat and sun the so called city is empty, and at xmas no 1 is around either
:wink:Quoll I hope he made you smile though! and he knows what he wants in the age factor as well:laugh:

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Okay you guys need to get a grip, is this the first time you have really moved somewhere totally new? I am very happy in Canberra, it’s really the first place I have ever called home. Accordingly to all the posts I should be having a real problem given I am a single parent, not that I have had a problem in making either friends with children or people to go drinking with. I have also dated a few nice guys, admittedly the last one was English, some also not so good, but that is life. I would also like to think I am one of those rare things in Canberra, an attractive and well educated lady with a successful career and an income substantially over $100,000. (Please don’t read that as a brag, I try to avoid mentioning money but I think it supports my argument in this case). I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to emigrate, if done well you can really grow as a person. Take the best from the experience and learn from it. Who knows who long I will be here, I guess that depends on who I meet and where my career goes, but for now I am very happy to call Canberra home.

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hey rest family i would agree with you that attractive women in canberra are rare!!! i am glad you have settled so well!! maybe you can help me see the light in this place then?

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i didnt know there was one!! im 31 u? the onyl time ive been out in civic there seems large crowds of guys starting fights.

 

I am a nice guy, just like simpler things in life and freindly people!!

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