August 2007

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  • Getting Down Under Australia

    False Alarm!

    Ahhhhhhhh! I think I’m going to have a nervous breakdown. After this mornings post the ‘specialist’ has sent the missus back until something a little more productive happens! It transpires that the waters hadn’t broken, the fluid was just down to hormonal changes (sorry for the detail) :) Whats with that! Time to start thinking […] More

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    Baby on the way?

    Well, I asked the question what do you do with a four year old when your wife goes in to labour? The answer is, you stay at home and wait for news :) Seriously, it’s not all kicking off yet but something is happening. We think the missus’s waters may have broken during the night, […] More

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    House sale progressing well

    It’s been all of 2 weeks since I announced that we had taken the plunge and decided to buy our first bricks and mortar here in Australia. Since then, things have progressed well. Firstly the Real Estate Agents were pretty insistent that we were able to deliver an ‘unconditional loan approval’ letter from the bank. […] More

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    Marmite vs Vegemite – Buying Real Marmite in Australia

    OK, I think its time to get serious and write an entry which may well be the final tick in the final box when deciding if you’re going to take the plunge and make the move to Australia. Can you buy Marmite in Australia? :) Vegemite, the famously yummy Australian yeast spread is the market […] More

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    Lots of people moving to Western Australia – Where will they all go?

    I’ve just been watching a story on the news this afternoon about the influx of migrants into Western Australia. According to figures produced by the clever statistitions at the Federal Department of Immigration and Citizenship; Western Australia accounted for 14.1 percent of all new settler arrivals in Australia. It seems Western Australias ‘booming economy and […] More

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    She’s going to blow!

    Seriously, how much more can this baby grow before its due to pop out? We are now at ‘full term’ which the missus tells me means junior number two is fully formed and 100% capable of   doing what baby’s do…. You know.. Turning the TV on, writing emails, all that kinda good stuff. ;) […] More

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    IELTS – An Overview of the International English Language Testing System

    IELTS or the International English Language Testing System measures a persons ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – a key requirement for folks who intend to study, work and generally live in Australia. Since the announcement to the changes in the General Skilled Migration Program […] More

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    Found the screws

    Remember the screws that I lost when I was putting the cot together? The screws, that because they were sadly lacking meant that I couldn’t put the cot that we brought from the UK back together again resulting  in us having to go out and buy a new cot for the pending birth of junior […] More

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    Subiaco Oval – Pretty Impressive

    Well, I went to see my first AFL Footie Match yesterday and I have to say I had a pretty good time. We had great seats and I even managed to get my head around some of the rules. The game was played at a Stadium called the Subicao Oval I took a picture on […] More

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    Going to the footie

    Well, I had to get my first AFL footie match in at some point and today is the day. I’ve been invited by a supplier to attend an AFL match between a team called the West Coast Eagles and Richmond at the Subiaco Oval which is one of the larger stadiums here in Perth. ‘The […] More

  • Getting Down Under Australia

    We’ve only gone a bought a bloody house!

    Well, all of 5 days ago I wrote about whether or not it was now the right time to buy a house. Since then I think it’s fair to say things have moved quite quickly. We arranged for our funds to be transferred over from the UK. Slightly gutted that the exchange rate was lower […] More

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    Taking your furniture to Australia

    When we shipped our stuff to Australia we made the conscious decision to leave a lot of the furniture back in the UK. Anything that we didn’t want to take with us was either sold or donated to family, friends or charity. There were still a number of things that we decided to bring with […] More

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