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Forum: Australia
Apr 3rd 2019, 11:30 am
Replies: 87
Views: 13,530
Posted By DC10

Re: Newcastle NSW

I got a real hoot reading the comment about “low wages like everywhere in Australia”. I’ll bear that in mind when next visiting my in-laws in Norfolk, a respectable semi-professional full-time...
Forum: Australia
Feb 20th 2018, 10:16 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 3,166
Posted By DC10

Re: Home Values Plunge 25% In Real Terms Across 5 OZ Cities

And they didn't even really intend to (elect her)
Forum: Australia
Feb 19th 2018, 1:00 am
Replies: 34
Views: 3,166
Posted By DC10

Re: Home Values Plunge 25% In Real Terms Across 5 OZ Cities

The UK over the past 10 years is a case study in how to manage over-indebtedness and economic decline without a shock: hold interest rates and wage growth just below inflation for a decade and voila,...
Forum: The Barbie
Oct 12th 2016, 7:24 am
Replies: 996
Views: 56,784
Posted By DC10

Re: Did the UK do the right thing in voting to leave the E.U.

One major public hospital operation is all it takes to wipe out a boomer's entire life of tax contributions. But said person will still drone on about the taxes they paid, and go on to claim another...
Forum: The Barbie
Oct 12th 2016, 6:26 am
Replies: 996
Views: 56,784
Posted By DC10

Re: Did the UK do the right thing in voting to leave the E.U.

Indeed - after all, they "paid their taxes all their lives" (it's true, they did, usually about a third of what they will eventually suck out of the public purse)...
Forum: Australia
Oct 12th 2016, 6:18 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,541
Posted By DC10

Re: minimum decent salary for a single person in Melbourne with no mortage or depende

There also seems to be a far higher incidence of crazy people on trams compared to trains. Again, this correlates with the buses (more crazies) v. trains thing in London.
Forum: Australia
Oct 12th 2016, 5:58 am
Replies: 62
Views: 9,849
Posted By DC10

Re: Problems in Melbourne?

I spent eight years in south London and regularly found myself spluttering on cannabis smoke from passers-by. Sometimes this happened on trains and buses. I have never, ever experienced that in...
Forum: Australia
Oct 12th 2016, 5:51 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,541
Posted By DC10

Re: minimum decent salary for a single person in Melbourne with no mortage or depende

In my view trams (discussed above) are an acquired taste - a bit like London buses. I find them painfully slow and unreliable. It doesn't get much publicity outside of Melbourne, but the city...
Forum: Australia
Mar 15th 2016, 5:08 am
Replies: 39
Views: 2,630
Posted By DC10

Re: Darwin to Christchurch

A significant chunk of that 63K will have been NZ citizens at birth. Few will be Australians with no original connection to NZ
Forum: Australia
Mar 15th 2016, 4:23 am
Replies: 39
Views: 2,630
Posted By DC10

Re: Darwin to Christchurch

All 200 of them :rofl: every one of which generates an excitable story on the 6pm NZ news :rofl:


People can get excited all they like over the margins but the reality is that there are 500,000...
Forum: Australia
Mar 8th 2016, 10:35 pm
Replies: 39
Views: 2,630
Posted By DC10

Re: Darwin to Christchurch

Williamstown it ain't :blink:

On balance, I should have thrown in that there are some cracking outdoor activities within an hour or so of Chch: skiing, beautiful lakes, wineries, beaches etc. If...
Forum: Australia
Mar 8th 2016, 10:06 pm
Replies: 39
Views: 2,630
Posted By DC10

Re: Darwin to Christchurch

There are exceptions to every rule, but you might struggle to adapt to life in NZ and the way of thinking over there. As mentioned above, it is expensive and wages are low. As an example, it's the...
Forum: Australia
Mar 2nd 2016, 1:03 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,750
Posted By DC10

Re: Got fined for not voting... in NSW

I worked for a council in Victoria which used to send a couple of fines and reminder notices to non-voters and then gave up as it cost far more to take people to court than they could recover in...
Forum: The Barbie
Feb 26th 2016, 2:49 am
Replies: 13
Views: 1,205
Posted By DC10

Re: Family arranging every minute of UK trip!

I could imagine them saying "See you there - I thought that we could check-in to the hotel at 2pm on the Thursday, 15 minutes to unpack, then walk to the rollercoaster for 2.38pm. Assuming average...
Forum: Australia
Feb 26th 2016, 2:04 am
Replies: 19
Views: 2,274
Posted By DC10

Re: One step closer, maybe...

To get to Geelong (or beyond) from Willy you'd take Kororoit Creek Rd - traffic-free bliss, if not especially scenic :nod:
I read in The Age recently that Wtown has the best / least bad traffic of...
Forum: The Barbie
Feb 23rd 2016, 10:42 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,205
Posted By DC10

Family arranging every minute of UK trip!

Do many of you find this happens when you plan your trip home?!
I come from a (UK-based, originally from NZ) family which is very laid back about these things and takes one day at a time, but the...
Forum: Australia
Feb 20th 2016, 6:29 am
Replies: 453
Views: 90,637
Posted By DC10

Re: Exchange rate AUD Vs GBP £1 buys $1.83

I wonder if one could do worse than shorting the AUD. Any sustained house price falls thrown in with a bit of rising unemployment and I think it'd drop another 20% in no time. Given the halving in...
Forum: Australia
Feb 19th 2016, 3:00 am
Replies: 453
Views: 90,637
Posted By DC10

Re: Exchange rate AUD Vs GBP £1 buys $1.83

Sterling didn't exactly cover itself in glory during 2008: $2.00 to $1.40 about as quick as you can say "R-B-S"
Forum: Australia
Feb 19th 2016, 2:40 am
Replies: 453
Views: 90,637
Posted By DC10

Re: Exchange rate AUD Vs GBP £1 buys $1.83

The main thing driving this has been the realisation that interest rates in the Northern Hemisphere aren't going up (from virtually 0%) anytime soon.
Forum: The Barbie
Feb 17th 2016, 12:23 am
Replies: 46
Views: 2,978
Posted By DC10

Re: Australia has 'third world population growth'

Couldn't agree more. And even 1.5 hours is optimistic for anything approaching peak hours.

One thing people would have to get used to is higher fares to support the improved infrastructure. Not...
Forum: The Barbie
Feb 16th 2016, 11:49 pm
Replies: 46
Views: 2,978
Posted By DC10

Re: Australia has 'third world population growth'

.... how about Ballarat and Bendigo? Just any train would be appreciated by a lot of people there at the moment (in-joke for Victorians) ;)

Better still would be more opportunities in these...
Forum: The Barbie
Feb 16th 2016, 10:03 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 1,289
Posted By DC10

Re: Mortgage Default in Scotland from Australia

I have certainly known folk who have 'maxed out' credit card and mobile phone accounts prior to leaving the UK, never to return, with apparently no adverse effects. Admittedly they have hailed from...
Forum: The Barbie
Feb 16th 2016, 10:00 pm
Replies: 46
Views: 2,978
Posted By DC10

Re: Australia has 'third world population growth'

Interesting as I have heard recently that incoming migrant numbers have dropped SUBSTANTIALLY as the economy has cooled. Anecdotally you can even see it on this forum, and the NZ media is full of...
Forum: Australia
Feb 16th 2016, 3:35 am
Replies: 29
Views: 2,008
Posted By DC10

Re: Dogs and Snakes

There will be the odd exception to every rule but you can generally "tell" where you should be careful. It generally has to be quite a rural or semi-rural area, in cities this is often abutting a...
Forum: Australia
Feb 15th 2016, 9:56 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 764
Posted By DC10

Re: First Aid and Legal Action?

Don't know why but this thread made me think of my first year law lecturer and the story he used to tell about it being perfectly legal in English (and Australian) law to stand beside someone and...
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