UK and Australia: The House Price Debate

20 May 2015 Cost of Living - Australia

Time for another reprint of one of my Australia and New Zealand magazine articles, this one is on the highly contentious issue of house prices, both here and in the UK. Which country’s houses really are the cheapest? Or, more to the point, the most expensive? Before we push on with the article I want […]

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A Weekend of Agriculture, Sports, Recreation, Competitions and Animal Husbandry

18 May 2015 Life in Australia

It was a strange weekend really. The girls had a go at wood sawing… The adults finished it off though… So now we are the proud owners of this… Elizabeth made a new friend… And she won some ribbons for displaying a guinea pig… Mind you, she had to borrow the guinea pig off her […]

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Mary River, Northern Territory and Mary River, Queensland

15 May 2015 Australia's Places

Time for a couple of nice and gentle riverside Friday videos. When I was in Western Australia last month, as you know, I spent Four Days in Margaret River. Well, not just me, Mrs Bob and Elizabeth as well. Or more than one occasion I had a slip of the tongue and instead of saying […]

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417 Visa Working Holiday Holders (WHV) and Slavery in Australia

13 May 2015 Australia's Bad Things
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It’s a strange and scary title, I’ll explain it all in a bit. Before I do though, I want to say that this post isn’t for everybody, it’s probably really only of interest to very small minority of people. But this website is about ‘What it’s really like to live in Australia‘ and when something […]

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Don’t Pick up the Phone! The Death of the Landline

11 May 2015 Australia's Bad Things

I hope you have all enjoyed my posts about Western Australia over the last couple of weeks, but the holiday is now over. Time for a rant. Well, I haven’t had one of those for a while. Cold calling in Australia I’ll get to the telephone in a minute, but let’s start with doorknocking. In […]

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Perth and Western Australia: A Holiday Roundup

8 May 2015 Australia's Places

For the last two weeks I’ve been telling you about our brief travels around Perth and Western Australia. If you read them all, you’ll know that we really enjoyed our 10 day stay over there. If you haven’t read them though, here’s where you can catch up: 10 Days in Perth, Western Australia Four Days […]

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Interesting Signs from Western Australia

6 May 2015 Life in Australia

The title of this post says what it is really, so let’s take a look at some of these signs. Here are a couple of signs we saw on train on the way back from Fremantle to Perth. The first one is interesting… What a good idea, telling students to stand up and give a […]

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Two Days in Fremantle, Western Australia

4 May 2015 Australia's Places

When I spent A Week in Melbourne with a Hint of St Kilda in January of last year, I said “It doesn’t get much cooler and trendier than St Kilda“. I’m pretty sure I’ve also said somewhere else on this website that if there is a cooler suburb than St Kilda anywhere in Australia, I’ve […]

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