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Old Dec 21st 2009, 5:09 am
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Is this a serious post? Maybe it should be merged with one of the Maple Leaf "Canada Sucks/Life sucks" blah blah threads
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Old Dec 21st 2009, 8:39 am
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can anyone give me information regarding moving back to England after living in Canada for 20 years......I am now a Canadian citizen and have never renewed my British passport. Also how does it work to get my pension from Canada etc etc???? Any and all info will be appreciated - thanks
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Originally Posted by Alberta_Rose View Post
At the risk of repeating myself, I was told by an elderly patient in the UK years ago that most people who "fail" emigrating do so because they can't get Marmite!

When I looked surprised he explained that if not Marmite per se it could be cheese, or wine or whatever, ... but some small and apparently inconsequential item that summed up for the emigrant as the whole reason why they were miserable in their new life.

Of course it's not the reason, ... it's a symptom of the fact that they really can't settle, and becomes a tangible focus for their discontent.

If you are happy then the fact that some item of food is "inferior", prohibitively expensive or unavailable is really no deal-breaker.

Sorry you did not settle. Hope you can settle back in the UK, though it's been seen many times on here that once home, folks might remember why they left in the first place. You can end up feeling disgruntled and unsettled wherever you are. Hope this is not you. Good luck.
Basically you are suggesting that they are ****** wherever they live. That's a rather sobering thought.
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i have thought of going home a couple of times when things have been going not so well ... no doubt i will do again at some point , but thinking everyone in england is NOT 2 faced is a mistake , no matter where you live theres always horrible people ,the english aint exatly perfect by any means !! but then i aint saying canadians are either , its the same where ever ya live theres good and bad in everyone
i hope you get settled wherever you end up xxx
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Originally Posted by Deva View Post
Cheese again. Has any other food product shattered more ex-pat dreams?


Ironically, we found the English cheese they export to Superstore is nicer than the cheese we bought in the UK. I don't understand that. OK, it is twice the price, but anyway...

$20 gets you a superb bottle of local NS wine. Maybe you are just in the wrong area? Canada is quite a diverse country, perhaps another area might suit you more?
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Originally Posted by deenailz View Post
i have thought of going home a couple of times when things have been going not so well ... no doubt i will do again at some point , but thinking everyone in england is NOT 2 faced is a mistake , no matter where you live theres always horrible people ,the english aint exatly perfect by any means !! but then i aint saying canadians are either , its the same where ever ya live theres good and bad in everyone
i hope you get settled wherever you end up xxx
What you said
Don't eat cheese so not a problem
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Ironically, we found the English cheese they export to Superstore is nicer than the cheese we bought in the UK. I don't understand that. OK, it is twice the price, but anyway...

$20 gets you a superb bottle of local NS wine. Maybe you are just in the wrong area? Canada is quite a diverse country, perhaps another area might suit you more?
Wine is bloody expensive here. I could get a nice red in Morrisons for 2.99 gbp. You've got to pay 11 or 12 dollars here.
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Old Dec 21st 2009, 8:49 pm
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Originally Posted by Butch Cassidy View Post
The Currys are pants, Bacon is NOT the same.

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I thought you were being ironic until you said that last thing.
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I thought you were being ironic until you said that last thing.
Hey I need to be serious every once in a while
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Hey I need to be serious every once in a while
nah........you must be buying your bacon in the wrong place











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Cheese again. Has any other food product shattered more ex-pat dreams?
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Old Dec 21st 2009, 11:36 pm
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Cheese again. Has any other food product shattered more ex-pat dreams?


Originally Posted by Lemons View Post


Ironically, we found the English cheese they export to Superstore is nicer than the cheese we bought in the UK. I don't understand that. OK, it is twice the price, but anyway...
Yep - we used to buy Canadian cheddar at Sainsbury's and it was delish. Somehow, when it remains in it's home country it becomes rubberised. Maybe the flight or sea crossing are what makes it edible in the UK

Yes, cheese again - it must definitely be the straw that broke the camel's wotsit.
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Old Dec 22nd 2009, 12:48 am
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PC Extra Old is not bad.
It's not as good as a nice mature one but it's tons better than Black Diamond and the others packaged as a slab.

I was just looking over Sainsbury's site and I don't see that big a difference. Mild and Medium cheddars are £9+ a kilo. Similar ones here come to around $12 a kilo and that's actually cheaper.

The difference here is that the really tasty ones are more expensive. I like a nice mature cheese (one that comes just short of taking the skin off the roof of my mouth) but I don't think it needs to be that tasty when used in cooking - grilled cheese, on toast, cheese sauces, Lasagne etc or in salads.

Overall I'd say the cost is about the same when you take into account the cheaper stuff for cooking and the more expensive stuff when you want something tasty.

The Brie I bought the other day was the same price as that in Sainsbury's.

As far as wines go, I buy pretty much the same stuff here as I did in England and it's about 20c a bottle more. I'm pretty sure NB booze prices are a little more than most of Canada though.
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Originally Posted by canadiangrape View Post
Me and my family have decided to move back, Canada is way too expensive and I can get twice the wage I get here back in the UK. I have had enough of paying 20 dollars for a bad bottle of wine and 10 dollars for very small piece of cheese. I also find that the Canadians are very two faced and really cant be trusted. After moving here I think that life is better in the UK.
As a dreaded Cradle Canadian I can say we are two faced. We are raised with this cultural value that one must always appear to be a nice person. Today my son’s teacher stressed that while the that shortbread cookies for the holidays we gave her were nice but not necessary. I responded with the standard sorry when what I really wanted to say was “I was doing something nice for the holidays you miserable cow, would it kill you to be appreciative ?!”
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Old Dec 22nd 2009, 7:48 am
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having been living in winnipeg for a couple of years, I am having to spend a year in the UK. Now I have heard (there was a survey last year) that winnipeg grocery prices esp fresh stuff is higher in manitoba than the rest of the country (cheerfully balanced by cheaper beer) But I can categorically state that grocerys are cheaper in the west midlands than they are in Winnipeg across the board. currently you cannot but anything without getting something free. THe fact that you dont need to go to a separate place to get your wine is nice too, and very much cheaper. thats before you look at malts

Starbucks however is more expensive in the UK, although as there is only a handful of them in the country that saves me a decent wedge as I cant be bothered to drive 10 miles to the nearest one

Canadians are a great bunch, the folks who gave me most aggrevation are the uk expats - a right mardy bunch if you ask me

Why is it not ok for someone to post on this board that he didnt get on with canada and has decided to go home?

If we are only allowed to post one sided stories(without getting shot down) its not going to make for a healthy forum.
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