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theduke May 21st 2009 12:36 am

Who is doing things they would never of dreamed of back in UK!
 
At the weekend I bought myself a factory racing motorbike and I am going to go racing, going to an open track day this weekend. I had friends back in Scotland who did racing but I just could manage it with cost and location etc just not working, so now here is my chance!

Bring it on!

I think the opportunity to do things we would never do before or even think of, for us and our kids is huge here what do you think?

manchaka May 21st 2009 12:49 am

Re: Who is doing things they would never of dreamed of back in UK!
 
Like I said in response to Dragon Lady Bute's thread below it won't be long before I'm fishing with my 2 eldest boys off Akaroa on my Searay 290DA! :):):):):):):)

Best,
AM :thumbup:

pixi-dust May 21st 2009 1:08 am

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I'm surfing! badly...but who cares! It's brilliant! :lol:

love30stm May 21st 2009 2:03 am

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going out looking a scruff through lack of clothes choice :p:lol:

irnbru14 May 21st 2009 2:41 am

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Yeah am recovering from ACL reconstruction in my left knee, didn't ever invisage that back home... :p

theduke May 21st 2009 3:31 am

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Originally Posted by love30stm (Post 7590727)
going out looking a scruff through lack of clothes choice :p:lol:

The great thing is that you are no doubt still better dressed than most other people. :thumbup:

Wooly_Cow May 21st 2009 4:51 am

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Originally Posted by irnbru14 (Post 7590808)
Yeah am recovering from ACL reconstruction in my left knee, didn't ever invisage that back home... :p

I hear you! Somehow getting here coincided with me believing I was 10 years younger than I am....as a succession of injuries testament!

Thank God for ACC!

Genesis May 21st 2009 5:21 am

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Here's my list.

Swimming in my out door pool for over six months of the year. Always dreamed of owning a pool in the UK..yeah right!! In NZ its no big deal to have a pool in your garden whereas in the UK it was ONLY for the rich and famous.

Having stunning views from my house of awesome mountains.

Not having to work anymore at 50.

Finally I am trying to pluck up the courage to learn to fly..preferably helicopters..once again in the UK totally unaffordable..again over here quite a few 'regular' people who aren't rich like me learn to fly because its affordable.

lardyl May 21st 2009 5:38 am

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Originally Posted by Wooly_Cow (Post 7591060)
I hear you! Somehow getting here coincided with me believing I was 10 years younger than I am....as a succession of injuries testament!

Thank God for ACC!

absolutely on both counts..........
BTW, you should be out partying not being a sad birthday-BE-bod.......:lol:

nukiwi May 21st 2009 6:47 am

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Our list would be:

Having sea views from our front garden.
Being able to swim in the sea on New Year's Day.
Being half owners of a boat (a dream come true).
Having a huge 4x4 to tow the boat and being able to afford the insurance.

Life could not be better. :D

Biddy May 21st 2009 7:44 am

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Walking to the beach every day.
Coaching my youngest's rugby team.
Wearing shorts 9 months of the year
Working 4 days a week and home by 3pm.

Doesn't get much better than that.

Biddy May 21st 2009 7:45 am

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Originally Posted by Genesis (Post 7591097)
Finally I am trying to pluck up the courage to learn to fly..preferably helicopters..once again in the UK totally unaffordable..again over here quite a few 'regular' people who aren't rich like me learn to fly because its affordable.

Safer than driving eh Dom?

Browner_ May 21st 2009 7:48 am

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Originally Posted by theduke (Post 7590547)
Re: Who is doing things they would never of dreamed

Im working for 15 quid an hour, and I cant believe it.

Biddy May 21st 2009 7:57 am

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Oh yes..
Built my own house - (not literally)

Genesis May 21st 2009 9:03 am

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Originally Posted by Biddy (Post 7591330)
Safer than driving eh Dom?

Most probably is. Which is nice.

Genesis May 21st 2009 9:13 am

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More...............

Losing $140k to a finance company. Which was bad..really bad..still shit 'appens aye?

Being able to bring up my three kids while Kate persues her dream career. We both HAD to work in the UK.

Being mortgage free...a huge incentive for us. In the UK it took 33% of my salary after tax.

Being REALLY good at that marvelous kiwi thing...no 8 wire technology. Repairing and bodging.

Being really, really content. Never was in the UK.

Not worrying about my house being burgled or being the victim of a serious crime (where I live anyway). My ward was ridden with crime in the UK...utterly ridden.

Having zero neighbourhood problems to worry about. In the UK where I lived it was wall to wall shite.

SarahB May 21st 2009 9:02 pm

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I had another child!! After my experience in the UK I vowed I would never have another child (long painful story)... I took the plunge here and I was looked after so well through the whole thing.... very impressed and my beautiful little kiwi girl is now 2.

I can ride my horse in the sea (the beach is 20 mins ride from where he is at livery).... after almost 4 years here its still a novelty to be able to do that!! I love it!

I've just decided I'm going to do a course.... just gotta decide now what I want to do.... :)

manchaka May 21st 2009 9:30 pm

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Quote: 'I can ride my horse in the sea (the beach is 20 mins ride from where he is at livery)'

My God! They have horses that can breathe underwater there?!?!??! I've heard of seahorses but that's just totally blown me away!!! Radical!

AM x :)

pejoroto May 21st 2009 9:30 pm

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Who'd have thought I'd ever own a boat?
I never fished in the UK (dirty canals, bleak ponds - why would you?) - now I enjoy taking the boat out and dangling a line over
gutting and filleting a fish....

Taking the kids out for a spin on the biscuit on the back of the boat
Water views from front of the house
Having another kid - said we'd stop at two and now we have a kiwi boy as well
Paying to watch a game of Rugby
Sitting out in the sun with shorts on in the middle of winter
Going to the beach whenever we want because it's only 10 minutes away
Cooking all our meat on the BBQ, even in winter
Going to the beach and having a picnic on Christmas day

the list goes on

sunray May 23rd 2009 5:22 am

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Living in a cold/damp house, unemployed with my OH earning a third less than he was in the UK :(:confused:

theduke May 23rd 2009 6:22 am

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Originally Posted by sunray (Post 7597082)
Living in a cold/damp house, unemployed with my OH earning a third less than he was in the UK :(:confused:

Maybe be better getting on the next flight back, sorry to hear you are having problems.

Whatever you do I hope it is best for you and your family.

Justcol May 24th 2009 10:36 pm

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I'm currently listing my bike on trade me so i can buy a track bike and like you give racing a go.
not a good time to sell but there are plenty of bargains for sale.

scrubbedexpat094 May 24th 2009 10:43 pm

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I would never have gone sea-kayaking in the UK. I probably wouldn't have got involved in the theatre either.

zummerzet_lou May 25th 2009 12:02 am

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Hmmmm tricky one?

Guess the biggie, is we have a 4 bed house with no mortgage. In the UK we couldn't even afford to make the transistion from 2 bed to 3.

I work longer hours, for similar pay, but I love my job. Guess I could have done this in the UK, but I think part of it is due to the attitude here.

We can see mountains, snow capped ones at that from the bedroom window.
I have tried body boarding ... why did I wait so long?
We're 90 mins from thermal hot pools, and in the other direction ski fields.
We can go to the beach, and if we're unlucky have to share it with one or two other people.
We have been on two dolphin watching cruises and seen dozens of hector dolphins. Once our daughter is 3, we are going to try the whale watching!

I'm sure there's more but I just can't think at the moment ....

theduke May 25th 2009 3:26 am

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Originally Posted by colandros (Post 7600488)
I'm currently listing my bike on trade me so i can buy a track bike and like you give racing a go.
not a good time to sell but there are plenty of bargains for sale.

What sort of bike are you selling and what are you looking for?

Charismatic May 25th 2009 6:29 am

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I'd have never thought it possible that I could actually have a shot at going to medical school (not being exceptionally bright or talented like) :fingerscrossed:. I think New Zealand is an exceptionally good place to come and settle if you have kids (and money).


Actually the most amazing thing is that first generation immigrants to NZ seem to most compelled to get ahead and enjoy life. It's like we can elevate ourselves past the unique cramping parochialisms of the old NZ and see what the future could look like here, for us. I think that dream of a new land, a new civilisation even will prevail for New Zealand, so this isn't just some backwater inhabited by a white European middle class settlers and bush dwelling Maori. We now welcome many immigrants from across southeast Asia, and beyond.

Our duty to our country is no to look to preserve the past but to embrace our future, we will create our own destiny in a brave new world. A great nations are built on the dreams of its citizens, those who dared to dream of a better future for them and their children. Those who dared to leave what they and generations of their family had known to seek a new beginning with others. New Zealand is still a new land being settled and shaped, a land of dreams to come :).

dkb_herts May 25th 2009 8:04 am

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It's unexciting, but knowing I can walk to work without seeing litter and dogsh*t all over the street puts a smile on my face. The little details like that all add up.

teebrown May 25th 2009 7:41 pm

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I find myself, doing an access course to be a Midwife - no medical background and a mature student.

Fishing at the weekends with the kids (never fished before) and really enjoying it and so are the kids.

Just jumping in the car and drive to the beach to watch the amazing sunsets.

Only having 138 children in the whole of school and watching my kids faces when they say they are allowed to take their shoes and socks off during school hours to run around.

Sitting down everynight to have tea together as hubby finishes work by 4.30pm - they would never happen in UK

:thumbsup:

scrubbedexpat094 May 25th 2009 8:31 pm

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We would never have been on the cover of a magazine had we stayed in the UK :thumbup:

scrubbedexpat094 May 25th 2009 8:40 pm

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Originally Posted by teebrown (Post 7603004)
I find myself, doing an access course to be a Midwife - no medical background and a mature student.


Are you mad? ;) Just given it up, cos the standards are so poor in NZ.

teebrown May 25th 2009 10:41 pm

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Originally Posted by Vitalstatistix (Post 7603157)
Are you mad? ;) Just given it up, cos the standards are so poor in NZ.

Always wanted to do it so now I am, you never know maybe I can make a change later on!

Am Loolah May 25th 2009 10:45 pm

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Originally Posted by teebrown (Post 7603461)
Always wanted to do it so now I am, you never know maybe I can make a change later on!

Good on you teebrown.:thumbup: Midwifery is something I'd always wanted to do - but I couldn't even get on the nursing course as I didn't have the required maths and science o levels/GCSE.

Perhaps when you get a minute you could PM me the details of the course you are doing. I also have another friend here who might be interested. I won't be doing it now as doing something else - but would be keen to hear what you need to get on.

Thanks.

teebrown May 25th 2009 10:52 pm

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Just PM'd you

dubstar May 25th 2009 11:20 pm

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buying "cheese" in kilo blocks, got a degree, couldnt get in our local uni due to lack of places,

Working full time, not worrying if I have a new car, having to put an extra layer of clothes on, cooking every meal from scratch, letting the boy's catch a bus,

ps teebrown the bach of midwifery is now extended to 4 years in line with european standards, so it should be a worthwhile and safe practice

Genesis May 26th 2009 1:48 am

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Originally Posted by Vitalstatistix (Post 7603157)
Are you mad? ;) Just given it up, cos the standards are so poor in NZ.

Isn't that a reason TO DO it??? Get into something where you can make a difference??????????

Genesis May 26th 2009 1:55 am

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Going to day time pictures with Kate whilst the kids are at school.

Sitting in the spa outside when its really cold at 7am in the morning.

Eating home kill beef.

Enrolling in a course all about maori culture.

Doing a course in lead lighting.

Going on a better parents course.

Have an incredibly varied social life...mix with people from a very wide social/work strata..in the UK it was pretty much peers only.

NEVER ever buying ready made meals!!!!!!!!!!

pixi-dust May 26th 2009 2:29 am

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Ooo Genesis - you reminded me of the spa! Good lord I thought they were only for really really rich people in the uk!! :lol: and now we have one. I love it in the winter when it's cold outside and the sky is totally clear and you can just lay there looking at shooting stars, satellites, the milky way! Bliss.

Got Sky!

Owning what feels like an awful lot of land and having cows and chickens and donkeys and stuff.

Baking

Pretty much living outside in the garden and growing veggies. In fact by the time homekill beef is taken into account we're pretty much self sufficient in food over the summer months ~ well we would be if DH didn't love chocolate! :lol:

Having a very varied bunch of really good friends

Swimming with dolphins most times we go out in the boat...having a boat!

scrubbedexpat094 May 26th 2009 2:56 am

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Originally Posted by Genesis (Post 7603840)
Isn't that a reason TO DO it??? Get into something where you can make a difference??????????

There are lots of reasons why I have given it up but every British-trained midwife I have talked to in NZ, especially those that have been here for less than 6 years despairs at the maternity system here. We have all tried to make a difference but the powers that be don't want to hear it :(

They think the system is great & on paper it looks great, in practice it isn't. I overheard an Obs telling another midwife "We can't afford to lose midwives like her" when she found out I was leaving. The students I have met frighten me (& others) with their lack of knowledge & over-confidence. A frightening combination. I could go on & on but it just depresses me. If I was still in the UK then I would still be practising.

I had 2 ex-colleagues from English hospitals that went to work in ChCh, both have left because they found it so frustrating to practice in NZ. One has returned to the UK & the other has left midwifery too.

I say good luck with training to be a midwife but do it in the UK. ;)

scrubbedexpat094 May 26th 2009 3:08 am

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Originally Posted by teebrown (Post 7603461)
Always wanted to do it so now I am, you never know maybe I can make a change later on!

Sorry to be so negative Teebrown. I really do wish you well with it. It is a very rewarding career. I guess I'm angry that I am unable to practice as I did in the UK. I used to work autonomously there but have too many limitations in NZ. Autonomy was one of the important aspects for choosing to be a midwife & not a nurse.

I hope you can make changes later on. However fighting the system gets very tiring & you become burned out. It's happening alot with midwives in NZ, despite where they trained. It's very sad.

Margaret Parkinson May 26th 2009 7:51 am

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Originally Posted by irnbru14 (Post 7590808)
Yeah am recovering from ACL reconstruction in my left knee, didn't ever invisage that back home... :p

My husband had ACL in the UK in 1965.


"ACL reconstruction knee surgery has evolved beyond recognition since the first ACL repair in 1963. Development has continued since then and the latest surgical technique uses a strip of the patella tendon from the patient's knee as a graft to replace the ACL. In addition to advances in the surgical procedure, there have been advances in post-operative rehabilitation that have seen a return to sports activity, in most cases, in less than six months."


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