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Aug 12th 2015, 5:39 am
Replies: 10
Views: 966
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Sponsor , help on proffesion degree IT field- V's No Degree but experiance

Perhaps, but I was thinking more of my experience of generally poor customer service and no sense of urgency. Imagine the staff at your local RSL trying to work the bar in a Dublin pub at a weekend....
Aug 12th 2015, 3:38 am
Replies: 10
Views: 966
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Sponsor , help on proffesion degree IT field- V's No Degree but experiance

Hello,

The best answer would be to have both. A degree would also be useful if he ever decided to have a change of career, even in an unrelated field - it gives him an advantage over someone that...
Forum: Australia
Jul 24th 2012, 5:27 am
Replies: 71
Views: 8,343
Posted By Big Galah

Re: IT employment market UK vs Aus

It's all about communicating effectively. Some people are better at it than others. Toastmasters (District 70) (http://www.d70toastmasters.org.au/) is great for improving skills in this area. [end of...
Forum: Australia
Jul 24th 2012, 3:26 am
Replies: 62
Views: 10,849
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Rental dispute

This is good advice. Any landlord SHOULD know that tribunals tend to favour the tenant in these kinds of disputes, as sadly there are two many landlords who treat their tenants with contempt and try...
Forum: Australia
Mar 28th 2012, 1:45 am
Replies: 33
Views: 3,619
Posted By Big Galah

Re: cockroaches in my flat...

Umm, Chatswood?

I rented a house there a few years ago and we had loads. You just need plenty of baits, especially around your kitchen. They are a fact of life - some places worse than others.
Forum: Australia
Mar 20th 2012, 12:27 am
Replies: 48
Views: 8,252
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Advise needed with regards confidentiality breach at sons school?

Reading this stole 5 minutes of my life.

Can I have them back?
Forum: Australia
Feb 24th 2012, 2:29 am
Replies: 160
Views: 11,795
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Canberra. How come...

Well, anyone can cut and paste from WIKI, why not just put in a link.

Also, the truth is:

- The Yass-Canberra "area" (quite large) was chosen for the capital in 1908
- Scrivener surveyed this...
Forum: Australia
Feb 24th 2012, 1:52 am
Replies: 17
Views: 6,705
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Partner Wants to go back to the UK

Answer's in the question.

Your partner wants to go back home?

Then let him go.

Tell him you're staying but he's free to go if he really wants.

People can react badly if you one day stand...
Forum: Australia
Jan 31st 2012, 9:39 pm
Replies: 193
Views: 30,742
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Any families in Australia living on combined gross income of less than $100,000 a

I don't think there was any offence, not to me anyway.

One of the things that difficult to gauge in online forums is the (perhaps unintentional) tone of your reply. I got just a hint of...
Forum: Australia
Jan 31st 2012, 9:31 pm
Replies: 135
Views: 26,548
Posted By Big Galah

Re: mining in australia! ANY INFO/ADVICE NEEDED

Going to Australia to make money "working in the mines" is a modern myth.

You need experience in the industry or the associated trades to make it in the door. They may be crying out for people,...
Forum: Australia
Jan 31st 2012, 1:44 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,188
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Virgin mystery holidays

I usually avoid txt spk, but in this case LOL! is entirely justified.
Forum: Australia
Jan 31st 2012, 1:40 am
Replies: 209
Views: 17,016
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Why Australia will never become a first world country

Yes, big department stores are dying. Just about everyone has had that experience recently.
Forum: Australia
Jan 31st 2012, 1:29 am
Replies: 12
Views: 1,377
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Robey1978

I had relatives move to Christchurch from the UK earlier in the year (post-earthquake) and they hated it. Moved back home 9 months later. Found it very expensive and not all they'd believed it was...
Forum: Australia
Jan 31st 2012, 1:13 am
Replies: 5
Views: 1,140
Posted By Big Galah

Re: UK State Pension

But once you take it, the amount in pounds/pence is fixed - not indexed linked, no increase ever. The only variable would be the exchange rate and the effect this would have on the dollar amount you...
Forum: Australia
Jan 31st 2012, 12:57 am
Replies: 193
Views: 30,742
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Any families in Australia living on combined gross income of less than $100,000 a

Hello. What's right or acceptable for you and your circumstances isn't necessarily the same for everyone else.

The reality for a lot of people is long-term mortgages to make repayments affordable....
Forum: Australia
Dec 5th 2011, 12:50 am
Replies: 18
Views: 3,205
Posted By Big Galah

Re: How to reduce living costs?

Don't know if it applies to you, but the biggest expense of living in Oz in the burbs is two plus cars. Definitely try to get by on one if you're a two-car family. Some inconvenience, but for a lot...
Forum: Australia
Sep 5th 2011, 3:37 am
Replies: 9
Views: 1,115
Posted By Big Galah

Re: IT Jobs Sydney

Falling in love and getting engaged to an Aussie would put you on the fast track. Good luck :fingerscrossed:
Forum: The Barbie
Jun 19th 2011, 5:05 am
Replies: 85
Views: 5,572
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Sorry, embarrassing question about money

Hello.

Of course coming on to a forum like this means all sorts of people who are not qualified to will give you all sorts of financial advice (silver and gold?:unsure:)

My unqualified advice...
Forum: The Barbie
Jun 3rd 2011, 11:16 am
Replies: 59
Views: 4,329
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Whats the worst beer you've ever tasted.

Anything from the tap in a pub called the Wig and Pen in Civic in Canberra.
:confused_smile:
Ugh.

Can also vouch for dreadful hangovers from VB, Tooheys New, and Carlton Draught.
Forum: The Barbie
May 30th 2011, 3:29 am
Replies: 878
Views: 42,907
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Carbon Tax: Julia Gillard a Bare Faced Liar?

Ummmm...

When did you take "ownership" of this thread to decide what or what isn't a "side issue"?

Perhaps what you mean is, "starting from that point doesn't allow me to present my 'angle',...
Forum: The Barbie
May 30th 2011, 1:26 am
Replies: 878
Views: 42,907
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Carbon Tax: Julia Gillard a Bare Faced Liar?

I get the feeling that wouldn't be a good idea.

But, being reckless, as a starting point would you agree with the research that says the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere prior to the...
Forum: The Barbie
May 29th 2011, 1:34 pm
Replies: 878
Views: 42,907
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Carbon Tax: Julia Gillard a Bare Faced Liar?

Yes, 98% of Climate change scientists are wrong, and the other 2% and you are right...:confused:
Forum: Australia
May 25th 2011, 12:05 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 2,439
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Arrived in Canberra, ACT

Nope, Aussie partner, she had family there. And it was 2004/05, so not recent. But I had a temporary visa and that ruled out a lot.
Forum: Australia
May 25th 2011, 11:37 am
Replies: 23
Views: 2,439
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Arrived in Canberra, ACT

Yep, that's why I moved to Sydney. That was after 4 months of nothing in Canberra and a job after a week looking in Sydney. (There may have been an element of right place right time TBH.)

Two...
Forum: Australia
Mar 9th 2011, 1:14 am
Replies: 9
Views: 2,380
Posted By Big Galah

Re: Advice please! Family move to Central Coast

Indeed, you haven't said why it has to be the Central Coast. Can you not find somewhere less expensive on the north shore line between say Hornsby and Berowra that would suit your needs?

This fits...
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