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Old Jul 24th 2005, 4:34 am
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Originally Posted by sysclp
One thing that may stop you from getting any job at a bank (even their call centre) is the lack of a Canadian credit report. Apparently there is some rule or law here that you can't work for a bank if you don't have an excellent credit report. I know for sure that is true for their call centres as a friend of ours was trying to get a job there and they liked her except she couldn't pass the credit check so didn't get the job.
Thanks for that.
It doesn't surprise me, although I also think it might be due to my UK
qualifications. I was insulted to discover recently that I may have to take a Canadian numeracy course to prove my mathematics skills were good enough to work in a bank!
Evidently a degree in Engineering isn't good enough!

Just one more slap in the face.
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Old Jul 24th 2005, 9:46 am
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Originally Posted by seacreature
Thanks for that.
It doesn't surprise me, although I also think it might be due to my UK
qualifications. I was insulted to discover recently that I may have to take a Canadian numeracy course to prove my mathematics skills were good enough to work in a bank!
Evidently a degree in Engineering isn't good enough!

Just one more slap in the face.
SC,

been looking at various messages by yourself and it would appear fetting a job is very difficult in Canuckland. I can believe it about Natwest... I worked for them for 15 years and my wife still does in HR. Cant believe someone with a degree in Eng cant get a job. I think we have resigned ourselves to not getting in... borderline on points and to be perfectly honest.... I'm not that bothered... either way is fine. If the PRV came through tomorrow, I guess we would give it a damn good try but in the same breath if the big **** u came through wouldnt be that bothered either. Been doing all the research etc for so long you get to that point where it wears you down.

Anyway, as compensation, went out yesterday and bought a Mini Cooper S and had a great laugh driving back from the dealers and then down to Devon for the afternoon... being in the UK aint all bad I guess.

Chin up !
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Old Jul 25th 2005, 2:28 am
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Hi guys!

I was away for the weekend doing one of the canadian traditions!.....
Trailer park and cottage life

i must admit! back in the UK it would be a once a year vacation to hhhmmmm!
Butlins,pontins, or which ever deal the Sun had. Or maybe even spain!
I love the weekends at the trailer. I was fishing most of the weekend and yes Guys! Us women can catch fish I stood next to the docks and fished between the boats and guess what?....
8 guys,1 woman and i got two Large mouth bass(both 14 " long)! and the guys got nothing! Oh yes i got the male attitudes!
Not bad for a women who only fished as a child in Lyme Regis on a boat.
SORRY BUT I HAD TO RUB IT IN!

There are many things i do enjoy about Canada such as:

Pig roasts! yumm yumm!

weekends away!

long hot summers!

Beautiful lakes!

the chance to actually burn the coals on my BBQ

KD and many other junk foods!

i am sure you will add to this list so i wont carry on!

One thing i do get frustrated with is the cell phone plans! they are a nightmare!
OK! so what have you all been up to!
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Old Jul 25th 2005, 4:11 am
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KD and many other junk foods!
Probably showing my ignorance here. Again But what's KD?
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Probably showing my ignorance here. Again But what's KD?
Kraft Dinner. In the US it is called Kraft Macaroni and Cheese but in Canada they just call it Kraft Dinner. The current advertising slogan is "Gotta be KD!"
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Originally Posted by babyblue
Hi guys!

I was away for the weekend doing one of the canadian traditions!.....
Trailer park and cottage life

i must admit! back in the UK it would be a once a year vacation to hhhmmmm!
Butlins,pontins, or which ever deal the Sun had. Or maybe even spain!
I love the weekends at the trailer. I was fishing most of the weekend and yes Guys! Us women can catch fish I stood next to the docks and fished between the boats and guess what?....
8 guys,1 woman and i got two Large mouth bass(both 14 " long)! and the guys got nothing! Oh yes i got the male attitudes!
Not bad for a women who only fished as a child in Lyme Regis on a boat.
SORRY BUT I HAD TO RUB IT IN!

There are many things i do enjoy about Canada such as:

Pig roasts! yumm yumm!

weekends away!

long hot summers!

Beautiful lakes!

the chance to actually burn the coals on my BBQ

KD and many other junk foods!

i am sure you will add to this list so i wont carry on!

One thing i do get frustrated with is the cell phone plans! they are a nightmare!
OK! so what have you all been up to!
We smoked two racks of ribs someone brought from the market. Allegedly these were pig parts but, ten people dined on them, then three people ate the remains on Sunday and there's still a meal there, so they may have come from some sort of dinosaur. We also smoked a Boston butt for pulled pork so, all in all, pretty much a whole pig was eaten. The main street by us was closed for a festival http://www.beachesjazz.com/ so after barbecuing we wandered along and watched some bands.
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Old Jul 25th 2005, 3:19 pm
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Originally Posted by sysclp
Kraft Dinner. In the US it is called Kraft Macaroni and Cheese but in Canada they just call it Kraft Dinner. The current advertising slogan is "Gotta be KD!"
Doh, I did know that, honest! Eaten enough of the stuff... We're still waiting on our container and cooking equipment so been trying to kid the little one that it's tasty stuff. He's not fooled.

I was assuming it was a restaurant and wracking my brains for one of those with the initials "K D"! ALmost settled on it being a donut chain before your reply
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Old Jul 25th 2005, 3:48 pm
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Doh, I did know that, honest! Eaten enough of the stuff... We're still waiting on our container and cooking equipment so been trying to kid the little one that it's tasty stuff. He's not fooled.

There' all kinds of ways to spiffy it up like mixing in cooked hamburger for instance. Try the Kraft site for more ideas http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s=recipe
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There' all kinds of ways to spiffy it up like mixing in cooked hamburger for instance. Try the Kraft site for more ideas http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s=recipe
My teen puts V8 in it. Yeuurch!
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There' all kinds of ways to spiffy it up like mixing in cooked hamburger for instance. Try the Kraft site for more ideas http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s=recipe
When I was younger, there was a pub chain (Fog & Suds? maybe they still exist?) that served KD on their menu. It came in the pot it was cooked in, complete with a wooden spoon. You could have it plain or for an extra buck with a couple of sliced-up fried hotdog weiners tossed in.

I never ordered it as I was and still am a closet KD eater.
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My dad always mixed ketchup with his. I used to bring boxes back from the US and eat a box to myself for dinner when I was a teenager.

I have actually seen it in the UK, marketing as "Kraft Macaroni Cheese"...tasted pretty similar, but I haven't seen it in a few years. They don't, of course, have the multiple varieties though, I always like the 3-cheese ones.

Of course now that I'm completly lactose-intolerant I can't even go near the stuff...I'm wondering if that's a good or a bad thing, since I seem to remember it turned out like wallpaper paste if you let it sit for more than 30 seconds!
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Was thinking about adding our 2 bits.... but wow did this thread go off subject! lol

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Was thinking about adding our 2 bits.... but wow did this thread go off subject! lol

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Ah c'mon Oggy you must have a KD story to share .
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Hi Guys, Newbie here so figured this was as good place to start as any

I moved to Newfoundland last November. Why? 'Cos its a tropical Island paradise of blue seas and white beaches.........oh Ok it is an Island and does have blue seas then! Seriously, moved here for love. Met my soon to be wife in the UK and after 2 years together she persuaded me to move here. Family class emmigration took almost exactly 6 months from submission to approval. Was straightfoward but we elected to use an emmigration lawyer to guide us through the process. Heartily recommend their services if anyones interested.

Moved to NL in November 04. Was tremendously fortunate to get a really good job in my field here before I got here. In fact I have been more successful than my other half who is a teacher and finding it a struggle to get back into the system. No problems with setting up bank accounts and obtaining credit (guess having a job helps!) and bought a house in March which is far bigger and has far more land than the terraced house I am still trying to sell back in UK.

Love Newfoundland for its rugged scenery, clean fresh air, the ocean and above all the people who are without a doubt the friendliest bunch of party animals you could meet anywhere. Have survived my first winter unscathed but got depressed over two months of rain,drizzle and fog in late spring. Howver now the suns shining, I get married in two weeks time and all is well with the world.

Only things I miss from UK apart from family and friends are proper beer and bacon!

Cheers,
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Hi Guys, Newbie here so figured this was as good place to start as any

I moved to Newfoundland last November. Why? 'Cos its a tropical Island paradise of blue seas and white beaches.........oh Ok it is an Island and does have blue seas then! Seriously, moved here for love. Met my soon to be wife in the UK and after 2 years together she persuaded me to move here. Family class emmigration took almost exactly 6 months from submission to approval. Was straightfoward but we elected to use an emmigration lawyer to guide us through the process. Heartily recommend their services if anyones interested.

Moved to NL in November 04. Was tremendously fortunate to get a really good job in my field here before I got here. In fact I have been more successful than my other half who is a teacher and finding it a struggle to get back into the system. No problems with setting up bank accounts and obtaining credit (guess having a job helps!) and bought a house in March which is far bigger and has far more land than the terraced house I am still trying to sell back in UK.

Love Newfoundland for its rugged scenery, clean fresh air, the ocean and above all the people who are without a doubt the friendliest bunch of party animals you could meet anywhere. Have survived my first winter unscathed but got depressed over two months of rain,drizzle and fog in late spring. Howver now the suns shining, I get married in two weeks time and all is well with the world.

Only things I miss from UK apart from family and friends are proper beer and bacon!

Cheers,
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The daughter and son-in-law of a friend of mine operate a micro brewery near St. John's. It has the awful name, Storm, as in "Storm Brewing in Newfoundland" but they make some good beers. They may be worth looking for.
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