April 2007

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  • Getting Down Under Australia

    Land for Sale in Australia – but not as we know it

    I took this picture last week (click on thumbnail for a larger image) to give you an idea of the size of some of the plots of land that you can pick up here in the Northern Suburbs of Perth. This latest land release is in a place called Burns Beach which is approx a […] More

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    Hello Baby!

    Since announcing we were pregnant a number of weeks ago the ‘bump’ has been growing large and strong. We had our 19 and a bit week scan today and I’m chuffed to bits to say that baby is doing well, growing in all of the right places and was very well behaved as ‘it’ had […] More

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    Australian Exchange rate trends becoming a waiting game

    I’ve gotta admit that when it comes down to managing our money and making the most of what we have, I’m a little to laid back for our own good :) Case in point, in the last two – three weeks the value of the Australian dollar has strengthened significantly against the UK pound without […] More

  • Getting Down Under Australia

    Hoons – A Yorkshiremans guide

    Hoons, a strange old word and a word I’ve been hearing a lot of since moving to Australia. Hoon is an Australian and New Zealand colloquial term applied to normally young individuals who typically drive fast and dangerously. The term is also used as a verb: “to hoon” or “to hoon around”, meaning to act […] More

  • English Language threshold increased for General Skilled Migration Programme - english-language-proficiency, general-skilled-migration, language-scores, visa-applicants - Optimized blue ocean1

    English Language threshold increased for General Skilled Migration Programme

    Federal Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews has announced changes that he says will require higher standards of English among people coming to Australia to study and work. The changes to the General Skilled Migration programme (GSM) will be introduced on 1 September 2007. People who have made an application for a skilled visa on or before […] More

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    Juniors picking up the accents

    As those of you who have been following the Blog for some time will already know, one of the main reasons why we choose to move to Australia when we did is because we wanted our four year old son to get into the Aussie ‘system’ at as early a stage as possible. We’ve always […] More

  • Getting Down Under Australia

    Lara Bingle Topless GQ photos equal lots of visitors

    ** update – Newsgab have the uncensored Lara Bingle topless pictures HERE ** Nearly a year ago I blogged about the wonders of Laura Bingle (a name I have since found our is spelt Lara Bingle) and how the topless comment I made attracted a lot of extra visitors to our site. I’ve written about […] More

  • White and Company finally get our stuff down under - australian-customs, packers, white-and-company - Optimized blue ocean1

    White and Company finally get our stuff down under

    The 19th of November 2006 was a pretty momentous date for us as it was the day that White and Company packed and removed 96 boxes worth of stuff and we finally felt that we were on our way to a new life down under (the following week we were). Over four months later, we […] More

  • Cat Update - Charlie and Jeff take on Australia - temperatures - Optimized blue ocean1

    Cat Update – Charlie and Jeff take on Australia

    Well, it’s been a while since I blogged about the furry felines so I thought I’d write a quick update to let those of you interested know how the cats have settled in down under. To be honest, I’ve been pretty surprised how easily and quickly both ‘Charlie and Jeff’ have taken to their new […] More

  • Current Australian Immigration processing lead time as of April 2007 - Australia-Visa, lead-times, processing-times - Optimized blue ocean1

    Current Australian Immigration processing lead time as of April 2007

    Firstly, because of the number of questions normally raised in response to these updates I have turned comments off. Please use our forums for any visa related enquiries. You’ll get a much quicker response this way. To visit our forums please click here. Now onto the update: The ASPC is still experiencing some delays in […] More