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Forum: Australia
Apr 28th 2010, 10:35 am
Replies: 106
Views: 37,256
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Is Australia a 1st world or 2nd world country?

I was in Australia nearly 2 years ago working and living in Sydney. Amazed me how interest rates on loans were like 3-4% above the base rate where as in the UK at the time they were often the same...
Forum: Australia
Oct 8th 2009, 8:08 am
Replies: 21
Views: 5,867
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Where to live near Sydney?

Should move to Bondi lots of Brits there and after that city to surf thing they stalk the streets singing "who are you? who are you?"
Forum: Australia
Oct 7th 2009, 12:07 pm
Replies: 21
Views: 5,867
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Where to live near Sydney?

If i were you i'd pick the location depending on where the job is based as Sydney public transport is half-baked at best and pretty strained. If you are based in North Sydney across the bay i'd live...
Forum: Australia
Aug 21st 2009, 2:22 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 3,638
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Programming jobs in Australia

If you are under 31 then i'd suggest going out on a working holiday visa. You can work for the same employer for 6 months but that rule isnt strictly adhered to and being on a WHV isnt going to put...
Forum: Australia
Jul 9th 2009, 2:24 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 785
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Pension help!

I'm no expert but my assumption would be that continuing to pay into a UK private pension whilst you are in Australia would create taxation issues or certainly be unfavourable from a taxation...
Forum: Australia
Jul 9th 2009, 1:07 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 785
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Pension help!

I should imagine your age might influence such a decision. I know a guy in his 50s who was paying into a private pension in the UK currency fluctuations were a nightmare.
Forum: The Barbie
May 17th 2009, 9:14 am
Replies: 2
Views: 589
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Tax back after 12 month working holiday?

You need to be classified as resident for at least 6 months of your stay to be treated as a resident for tax purposes (i.e. have access to the tax free allowance etc). Non-residents are taxed at a...
Forum: The Barbie
Apr 28th 2009, 11:13 am
Replies: 32
Views: 1,736
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: A nation of gamblers

You are not allowed to make observations on this discussion board that have potential to portray Australia as anything other than paradise on earth. You should know this by now.
Forum: Australia
Apr 16th 2009, 7:36 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 3,718
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Graphic Designers enquiring on work in Australia

Or was it this lot cant remember:

http://www.digitaltransfer.com.au/

Hope that helps.
Forum: Australia
Apr 16th 2009, 7:31 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 3,718
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Graphic Designers enquiring on work in Australia

Try these I'm sure when i was over there most of the jobs in the creative design industries in Sydney all seemed to be marketed through the same agency think it might have been this lot:
...
Forum: Australia
Apr 14th 2009, 8:40 am
Replies: 60
Views: 4,738
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Jobs in IT

Depends what you mean by games if you are talking about writing java based iphone apps or something then yes this is similar but if you are talking about writing the code for Grand Theft Auto this...
Forum: Australia
Apr 7th 2009, 10:06 am
Replies: 32
Views: 2,789
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Final salary pension

On average the exchange rate over the last 30 years or so has been around 2.4. For what it's worth i would never transfer a final salary pension. Just keep the thing in the UK it'll be index linked...
Forum: Australia
Mar 14th 2009, 1:44 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 1,038
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Air China?

For what it;s worth when i booked up middle of last year with Oz Travel they told me dont even consider Air China as the standard of comfort and service are so far below most international airlines...
Forum: The Barbie
Mar 12th 2009, 12:39 pm
Replies: 68
Views: 3,814
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: UK House Prices to drop another 55%..

Something major would have to happen to cause a further 55% fall sentiment alone isnt going to do it either wages will need to contract heavily (unlikely) or interest rates will need to increase...
Forum: The Barbie
Mar 12th 2009, 11:53 am
Replies: 68
Views: 3,814
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: UK House Prices to drop another 55%..

For people in new builds in places like Manchester and Leeds they will be thinking "not another 55%!"
Forum: Australia
Mar 5th 2009, 10:05 am
Replies: 5
Views: 613
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: That Pesky Pound

For what it's worth i wouldnt expect Sterling to weaken much further the last rate cut had no effect on Sterling as zero interest rates are already priced in so todays expected cut will have no...
Forum: Australia
Feb 19th 2009, 8:22 am
Replies: 10
Views: 3,243
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Where on EARTH (in Sydney) should we live??

I will qualify my post by saying while Bondi, Coogee were great i wouldnt want to live there longer term so Northern Beaches are probably better as I think a common misconception for a lot of people...
Forum: Australia
Feb 17th 2009, 6:25 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 3,243
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Where on EARTH (in Sydney) should we live??

The thing about Rose Bay is if people from the UK visit you can say "let's head into town" and when they say "bus or taxi?" you can say "no we'll get a ferry in the syn past the Opera House."
Forum: Australia
Feb 17th 2009, 12:59 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 3,243
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Where on EARTH (in Sydney) should we live??

If you want the beach lifestyle and a decent commute try Cronulla. Or Coogee and Bondi for a bit more nightlife. I am back in the UK now but always thought places like Rose Bay and Double Bay were...
Forum: Australia
Feb 17th 2009, 7:58 am
Replies: 16
Views: 1,218
Posted By CaptainMerton

Western Australian Economy

From BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7840370.stm

The engine room of Australia's economy is showing worrying signs of slipping into reverse.

Corporate leaders and trade unions in the...
Forum: Australia
Feb 10th 2009, 1:25 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 577
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Looking for I.T work in Australia

Hi Fraser,

I was out for 3 months June-Sept last year and did some IT work. I was in Sydney and there was plenty work however people have since told me there has been a real slowdown and lots of...
Forum: The Barbie
Jan 27th 2009, 11:38 am
Replies: 89
Views: 3,969
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: What I don't like about the UK...

It is a well known fact that Australia is far superior to the UK. That is the reason why Australia has more people of working age living overseas than any developed country on Earth many of them in...
Forum: Australia
Jan 26th 2009, 8:39 pm
Replies: 64
Views: 4,366
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Severely unaffordable housing market in Australia

One thing I never understood when i was in Sydney was you have this growing city which is really starting to sprawl but its also filled with so many young single people who want to live in the...
Forum: Australia
Jan 25th 2009, 9:36 am
Replies: 23
Views: 4,453
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Sydney...cost of living

I found grocery shopping more expensive in Oz than in Scotland as there isnt any equivalent of Asda (i.e. no real price wars) just Coles and Woolworths if I remember correctly but specific things...
Forum: Australia
Jan 25th 2009, 9:31 am
Replies: 11
Views: 960
Posted By CaptainMerton

Re: Freegan

Shouldnt be too difficult as, like the UK, Australia has a plentiful supply of rubbish filled bins.
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