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Forum: Australia
Mar 30th 2009, 8:40 pm
Replies: 34
Views: 1,779
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: fluoridated water

Yup, too much fluoride is bad for you. And so is too much water cos it can result in drowning. So what is your point?

Low levels of fluoride have been proven to be beneficial. Please, if you want...
Forum: Australia
Mar 15th 2009, 9:28 am
Replies: 224
Views: 12,395
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: If the recession bites do you think housing will plummet?

Anybody who believes Oz will not be very severely hit by the recession is living in a fools paradise.

The economics are simple - Oz is a small country that relies heavily on exporting commodities....
Feb 2nd 2009, 4:29 pm
Replies: 32
Views: 2,656
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: How To Make The Decision- summing up.

Although making a pros and cons list is a good starting point, in the end the final go/stay decision is likely to be determined by emotion.

At the rational level, contrary to the myth, we didn't...
Jan 19th 2009, 5:46 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 1,644
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: Go back for kids university/life experience?

Way too many people seem to believe that they will get a better work/life balance in Oz. That's a load of BS! See: http://www.careerfaqs.com.au/news038_Australian_work_longest.asp or...
Jan 17th 2009, 1:25 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 1,644
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: Go back for kids university/life experience?

My wife and I had to return to sort out a few things. We had delayed it as long as possible.

However, what surprised us after a few days back in Sydney: i) how expensive food shopping had become ...
Jan 16th 2009, 4:07 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 1,644
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: Go back for kids university/life experience?

Both.

We didn't want the kids 'growing-up' with the entrenched Aussie parochochalism - as if mediocrity is something worth celebrating. Also, our experience of both Oz public and private schools...
Forum: Australia
Jan 5th 2009, 7:16 pm
Replies: 129
Views: 13,817
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: A Place in the Sun Down Under

You're correct to take a subjective stance, because your comments don't bear more objective scrutiny. For a comparative assesment of national statistics, look at:...
Dec 29th 2008, 7:56 am
Replies: 63
Views: 7,050
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: For those of you who have always known....

Unfortunately, I can beat that.

I lived in Oz for ~12 years. Raising a family and running a business meant that the ever-present gut feel that Oz wasn't for us took a long time to action. But,...
Oct 26th 2008, 9:48 am
Replies: 164
Views: 14,613
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: Please sign this petition...it benefits us all (well, those with kids)!

So let me understand this. You decide to up-sticks and go to another country, outside the EU. Eventually you decide to return and want hard-pressed UK taxpayers to fund your family's access to...
Forum: Australia
Oct 16th 2008, 9:46 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 1,633
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: Anyone haveanopinion on this project management course?

Prince2 certification is the way to go in UK, Oz and increasingly most parts of the world.

It provides the best bang for your buck. Increasingly, companies won't even look at you unless you hold...
Forum: Australia
Oct 13th 2008, 5:52 pm
Replies: 65
Views: 3,814
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: To Buy or Not to Buy?

Whenever I want a laff, I head for those living the dream (groan!)

Let's look at how things are likely to pan out over the next few months.

1. We are heading for a global recession.
2. If...
Mar 21st 2008, 8:05 am
Replies: 86
Views: 7,380
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: UK's great property crash

The so-called property crash is more theory than practice...at least at the moment.

So, unless pressured to do so (eg unemployed or emigrating), most home-owners will just sit tight and wait for...
Forum: Australia
Mar 19th 2008, 10:12 pm
Replies: 128
Views: 9,608
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: Australian Dollar

Based on what insight exactly? Total tosh.

Anybody's pet will tell you that a downturn is on its way. However, a 1930s-type depression? Only a fantasist/Daily Mail alarmist writer would come up...
Forum: Australia
Jan 23rd 2008, 5:52 am
Replies: 110
Views: 5,001
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: anything negative!!!

Oz is not paradise. Like all western countries it has very similar problems - drugs, gap between rich and poor, crime - and similar challenges. Anybody who tries to kid you otherwise is talking out...
Forum: Australia
Jan 23rd 2008, 5:35 am
Replies: 3
Views: 908
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: Pre-School Child Care Northern Beaches Sydney

About 10 years ago (!) we used a kindergarten named Punchinello (Tel: 02 9949 2521, Address: 118 Wanganella Street Balgowlah, NSW 2093. Balgowlah is ~2-3 miles from Manly and on bus route).

Can't...
Forum: Australia
Jan 19th 2008, 12:20 pm
Replies: 47
Views: 4,711
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: ozzy$

Not an economist, but I know a reasonable amount about economics (MBA). I predicted the exchange rate would stay at ~2.1-2.2. However, contrary to what a lot of economists were saying earlier, Oz is...
Forum: Australia
Jan 19th 2008, 12:06 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 621
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: Anyone Completed Their Private Pilot's Licence Over There?

Unless it's changed hugely, it's about mid-way between USA and UK training costs. I also began my training in UK and finished in Sydney (Bankstown). And in those far off days (1991) there was no GPS...
Forum: The Barbie
Jan 12th 2008, 10:20 am
Replies: 107
Views: 5,516
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: The Future of Australia

Or I have far higher aspirations for my family.
Forum: The Barbie
Jan 9th 2008, 9:58 pm
Replies: 107
Views: 5,516
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: The Future of Australia

Good to see that some of your comments are accurate. Some of us did eventually see the empty Oz beer, beach, barbie & bollocks lifestyle for what it was and returned to good ol' blighty.
Forum: Australia
Jan 3rd 2008, 4:57 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 5,745
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: wanted down under your thoughts on the perth show etc

It is ridiculous to believe that anyone can sensibly decide whether Oz is the right place to be after just one week. And that's one week with the BBC having done a lot of the hard work.

And what's...
Jan 2nd 2008, 10:11 pm
Replies: 744
Views: 47,182
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: Do you worry about raising your kids in the UK?

In the main the above is ill-informed drivel. For almost everything the UK offers more choice, better service, quality and prices than Oz. UK's rail system is a joke (except Eurostar), but then again...
Forum: Australia
Jan 2nd 2008, 9:44 pm
Replies: 14
Views: 1,160
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: Exchange rates (again)

The crystal ball will show that - over the next 6-12 months - £ will continue to drop against the AUD. It's a no-brainer - the Bank of England will continue to drop interest rates to try and bring...
Forum: Australia
Dec 24th 2007, 11:49 am
Replies: 82
Views: 6,009
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: Is Australia all that?

Gosh, well you'd better not go to any of the countries that the English colonised, like Oz. After all we wouldn't want you to be accused of being hypocritical...

I suggest that you move to Russia....
Forum: The Barbie
Dec 23rd 2007, 9:26 pm
Replies: 33
Views: 1,339
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: London, Capital of the World

Such poetry.

With Sydney buried way down the list, it makes London smell like Chanel No 5 by comparison.
Forum: Australia
Dec 23rd 2007, 9:22 pm
Replies: 25
Views: 1,968
Posted By MikeStanton

Re: Anyone regretted?

Well, firstly, some of the people that would have admitted to it being a colossal mistake have already left. Secondly, how many people are likely to admit to you that they have made a terrible...
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