November 2009

santas post box

With temperatures topping 30°C on a daily basis now, sometimes reaching 36°C, it can be easy to forget that Christmas is just around the corner. Luckily there are regular events which act as reminders to keep us on track, like Christmas trees appearing in shopping malls and ordinary houses beginning to look like something out [...]


That was the news headline that hit me first this morning when I fired up my Internet browser. Apparently the new figures which were released yesterday reveal that 427,000 people emigrated from the UK in 2008. That’s the highest number ever recorded. The figures are extraordinarily high because half of those who left were non-British [...]


In a previous post where I discussed cost of living comparisons, I promised (rather foolishly I think) to try to unravel school fee variations from state to state. I am often saying what a big country Australia is, perhaps I should bear that in mind when I make such rash promises! The BobinOz rough guide [...]

Hardley Athletic

Any time up to around six months ago if anybody were to ask, nobody did, but if they had asked “what do you miss about England?” – it would have been the beginning of a very short conversation. “My local pub and playing football.” And that would be it. Unless, of course, I felt obliged [...]


I have mentioned in previous posts and also in my free ebook “20 Reasons Why YOU Should Move to Australia” (you have read that haven’t you? If not grab your free copy just to the right on this webpage) that teenagers here are nowhere near as out of control as they are back in the [...]


Regular readers will know that, come the weekend, we usually try to find something different to do. But not this weekend. This weekend was all about work. Firstly, my daughter Elizabeth had a dress rehearsal for her up and coming Christmas concert, a three hour extravaganza in which she will display her recently acquired talent [...]

what is it?

I mentioned earlier in the week about my acclimatisation to Australia in terms of getting used to the creepy crawlies. I said that I felt we had reached stage four in the process simply by going camping. “Camping in Australia? Are you nuts! There’ll be snakes and spiders and bugs everywhere, what are you, some [...]


If you haven’t yet read Vivienne’s email to me which was the subject of yesterday’s post, it might be an idea to do that now before reading my reply. My reply. Firstly, wild horses couldn’t drag me back to England now, I love my life in Australia and I’m here to stay. We all love [...]