Moving To Australia


AKA…. Ping Pom Merrily Goodbye. Sorry about that, just trying to keep it Christmassy. You see, the phrase being used is ping-pong poms; Brits moving back and forth between Australia and the UK. Anyway, a story by the BBC was brought to my attention by a reader called Julian. The story is called “Why are [...]


Step One: Check here to see if you qualify to apply, and if you do, pay the fee. Ours cost $260 each. Step Two: Wait to hear the date of your Australian citizenship test from the Department of Immigration & Border Control. Step Three: Crack open a tinnie of your favourite beer and…. Step Four: [...]


Well, for us it was. Four years ago on this very day, me, Mrs BobinOz and a very young Elizabeth landed at Brisbane International Airport and passed through customs as permanent residents of Australia. Now that we have been here for four full years, we are entitled to apply for Australian citizenship. I’ll tell you [...]

I moved from England to Australia in November 2007 because I wanted a better future for my daughter, Elizabeth, who was 3 1/2 years old at the time. I was born in England, England is my country. Like all countries, it has changed an enormous amount in the last 50 years. Unfortunately, a lot of [...]


I say that because I didn’t watch the budget or listen to it in any shape or form. Let’s face it, they can be a bit boring. I’ve seen quite a few in England, they are all pretty much the same. The Chancellor mentions words like million, billion, since, increased, improved, deficit and previous many, [...]


Red Carpet Day in Brisbane’s Western Suburbs. I suppose you could say we’ve had another groundbreaking event in terms of our lives here in Australia. It was a busy weekend, complete with red carpet… As we prepared to party with the stars….. We had 21 stars turn up in all and everyone had their handprint [...]


As you probably know, I like to reprint my written articles from Australia and New Zealand magazine about a month after they have appeared in the paper and ink version in the UK. I’m still running a bit behind, but today I have the article that appeared in January’s edition. I’ve written a few posts [...]


It’s been a while since I posted one of my Australia and New Zealand magazine articles here on this blog. Or, to be more precise, it’s almost 2 months since I reprinted my sixth contribution to the magazine which you can read in my post called How to Completely Change Your Life! So, about time [...]