March 2007

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  • Perths SmartRider system not proving so smart - smartcard, Smartrider - Optimized blue ocean1

    Perths SmartRider system not proving so smart

    I’ve already covered in some detail the Perth Public Transport System. One of the latest (and most highly hyped and widely advertised) improvements to Perth’s public transport was the introduction of the new SmartRider system. The SmartRider system basically provides travellers with an easy way to pay for travel on any of one of the […] More

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    In Australia, do leaves fall off the trees in Autumn?

    In Australia do the leaves fall off the tree’s in Autumn? A question I’d often pondered, sweeping up the leaves in our back garden during a chilly autumnal afternoon back in Blighty. Well, Autumn is finally here, and I’m happy to confirm that the leaves are indeed, starting to go brown and fall off the […] More

  • Getting Down Under Australia

    We have feeds

    Hi Guys, I’ve noticed that we have a few people subscribing to updates from our site using the wonders of RSS feeds. RSS What? I hear you say :) RSS feeds for those of you not familiar with the term enables folks to read updates from a number of websites or new services all at […] More

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    Just in case you need another reason to emigrate to Australia

    The first race of the Formula one season took place this weekend and I watched the TV coverage live from Melbourne on channel 10. I’ve always enjoyed watching F1 coverage on television although the frequency of my viewings has reduced somewhat since ITV won the rights over the Beeb and choose to introduce ads at […] More

  • How much money can I borrow to buy a house in Australia? - applying-for-a-mortgage, australian-banks - Optimized blue ocean1

    How much money can I borrow to buy a house in Australia?

    When we were back in the UK, it seems banks and building societies used a similar formula for calculating how much money you could borrow when applying for a mortgage. It went something on the lines of 3.5 times your income if you were the sole person applying for the mortgage or 2 times the […] More

  • Perth weekly rents continue to surge - perth-rental-prices, real-estate, renting-in-perth - Optimized blue ocean1

    Perth weekly rents continue to surge

    Ever week, amongst all of the crap and junk mail that gets posted through our letter box, we also get a real estate paper which provides details of houses for sale in the local area and a small blurb from the ‘industry’ detailing the current state of the local housing market. This week’s headline reads: […] More

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    Australian Government introducing enhanced security screening from 31st March 2007

    If you’re flying out to Australia after the 30th of March this year you’ll need to be aware of a number of new enhanced security procedures the Australian Government has introduced. From 31 March 2007, the Australian Government will introduce enhanced security screening measures to limit the amount of liquids, aerosols, and gels that can […] More

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    So where will you be heading?

    Ok guys, lets cut to the chase :) If / When you move down under to Australia, where will you be heading. If you’ve been following this blog you’ll know we went for Perth because it gave us a little more of the kind of stuff we were looking for 8) BUT, where are you […] More

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    Walking with Dinosaurs the live experience – A Review

    Walking with Dinosaurs the live experience is a show that I have been meaning to write a blog entry about for some time. If you remember some time ago, the BBC launched a six-part television series called Walking with Dinosaurs. The Show, narrated by Kenneth Branagh, used computer-generated imagery and animatronics to recreate the life […] More

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    First time buyers going rural to avoid high property prices

    I read an interesting story over at news.com.au today It turns out that the whole housing situation is getting so desperate for first time buyers that some are upping sticks and moving out into the regional areas where property prices are cheaper. The report by the Housing Industry Association (HIA) says that population growth in […] More

  • New Letting fee decision likely to increase rental prices in Perth - letting-fees, property-prices - Optimized blue ocean1

    New Letting fee decision likely to increase rental prices in Perth

    The local Premier Alan Carpenter has decided that the letting fee should not be paid by the tenant any longer but should instead by paid by the owner of the property. Letting fees are the pot of cash, normally equaling a weeks rent that a tenant pays to help cover the owners estate agency fees. […] More

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    Myths dispelled and time for a barbecue

    OK, Myth number one to be dispelled. You can get a cold in Australia, even when its in the middle of summer and the temperature is in the low hundreds every day. I think it comes down to the crappy nights sleep I’ve been having over the last couple of days due to the hot […] More

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