June 2009

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Validating Your Visa. Last week, you will recall, our worldly goods were loaded onto a container to begin their seaward journey toward the Port of Brisbane. I had my last pint(s) in an English pub and on Monday 12th of November 2007 we boarded our plane. At 6:30 in the morning on Wednesday the 14th, [...]


Do you want the good news or a bad news first? Okay, let’s start with the bad news. Australia has spiders, lots of them. Some of them can kill you. So as far as bad news goes, I guess that’s pretty bad. When we first moved into our house, it was like a baptism of [...]


Today’s post is about politics and for that you can blame my wife. We were watching the news last night when they announced that today was budget day in Queensland. She remarked that although she was aware that Anna Bligh was our Premier, she really had no idea how it all worked. And neither did [...]

Last week I mentioned that it was Queensland’s 150th birthday. To celebrate that, some time back in February the owners of some of the theme parks over at the Gold Coast put together a special deal. For just $50 per child and $80 per adult they were selling passes which gave unlimited entry to three [...]


Drum roll please….. Vancouver! Ra Ra Ra! And the next best city is……..more drums….. Vienna! More Ra Ra Ra! (at a slightly lower volume) But I thought this blog was about living in Australia? Well yes, it is. And for those of you who have stuck with this post past the boring bits, that is [...]


If you are new to this series and would like to start at the beginning, please go to Moving to Australia Part 1 In part 12 of moving to Australia, we finally sold our house and were celebrating homelessness. It’s difficult to put into words the contrast between what was happening in our lives before [...]


Intruder Alert! I was walking around my pool area the other day investigating some slight damage that may have been caused by our recent floods. My friend Beninoz was with me, and he noticed one of the bricks of the patio flooring seemed to be raised a little higher than the others. So he lifted [...]

You will probably remember from last week’s post that I was spoiled for choice for things to do this weekend, what with Queensland celebrating its’ 150th birthday. After taking a long hard look at all the events that were available, it came down to a straight choice. A battle between the Exhibition Exploring Greek Embroidery [...]