Guest Django

5 Good, 5 Bad

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    Guest Django

    I thought a thread like this may give those yet to arrive an idea of what faces them. Can as many people as possible have a think and choose 5 good points about living here but also to give it a bit of balance 5 bad points. Here are mine......

     

    Good

    1. In my experience I have found the people here are on the whole more friendly or at least less miserable than those of the UK.

    2. I love being in built up areas and seeing parrots and other colourful birds flying about. Never stops putting a smile on my face.

    3. We can plan trips and visits to places in advance without having to think too hard about a wet weather alternative.

    4. We certainly see a lot more blue skies then grey ones. Someone said to me when we first got here "The skies are a lot bigger here" I now know exactly what he meant.

    5 My job. Not the best paid by any means but it is one of very few that I have done where I actually look forward to getting up in the morning for.

     

    Bad

    1. The houses. Yes they are bigger but not as well built as those in the UK. Very poorly insulated which means not only are they hard and expensive to keep warm in the winter but also to keep cool in the summer.

    2. Its not just the fact that we moved away from people but how far. I recently became a grandparent for the first time and I can't just jump in the car and pop over to meet my new grand daugter for a day.

    3. I can't get a decent pint of Guinness. Yes you can get it here but the important word is 'decent'.

    4. Having to watch Adelaide United instead of QPR

    5. Those flys. Those damn annoying flys.

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    Guest Django
    Thats a bit harsh!! LOL

     

    I was srugglinging to reach 5 bad points. :biglaugh::biglaugh:

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    Guest kerfumph

     

    Bad

    1. The houses. Yes they are bigger but not as well built as those in the UK. Very poorly insulated which means not only are they hard and expensive to keep warm in the winter but also to keep cool in the summer.

     

    I never get this, insulation specs are about the same as the UK, r3.5 ceilings,r 2 walls. The reason they heat up and cool down so quick (and cost a lot to do the reverse) is because they are so big and mostly being 1 story have huge roofs. People moan that their bills are twice the Uk, but don't tell you the house is twice as big. Go figure.:goofy:

     

    Good and bad points?

     

    I only have 2.

     

    Good

    Less people

     

    Bad

    Less people

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    Guest Django
    People moan that their bills are twice the Uk, but don't tell you the house is twice as big. Go figure

     

    Been and figured.

     

    Windows are single glazed and when shut you can feel the wind blow through them. Walls in both rentals I've had have gaps in where you can see inside. Neither have insulation above the celing. Rooms are about the same size as our UK ones. When you turned the heating off in the UK the room cooled down slowly. Here you turn the heating off and its like it was never on after a few minutes. In short I stand by my point. Insulation in aussie houses in my opinion and experience is crap. ;)

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    I never get this, insulation specs are about the same as the UK, r3.5 ceilings,r 2 walls. The reason they heat up and cool down so quick (and cost a lot to do the reverse) is because they are so big and mostly being 1 story have huge roofs. People moan that their bills are twice the Uk, but don't tell you the house is twice as big. Go figure.:goofy:

     

     

    The insulation specs for new builds might be OK - but what about all the older houses? Our 1970s rental is brick veneer (only 1 row of bricks) and probably has no insulation in the roof. The windows are huge and single glazed and it doesn't retain heat for more than about 5 minutes !!! :arghh:

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    Guest kerfumph

    There's crappy houses everywhere, I bet UK rentals have some horror stories as well and I guess most expats have never lived in one untill moving here. No heating /insulation regs in the 70's in Uk either.

     

    Windows are poor, yes, but cheap, you can't have your cake and eat it so to speak.

     

    Live in a decent house and you won't have a problem, rentals won't be decent as there done for minimal outlay, the same the world over. Build your own house and say it's crap, you're the one to blame.

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    Guest Martin and Val

    5 Good things:

    Carlton Draft and the one nobody else seems to like West End

    Beach

    Hills

    Carlton Draft/West End/Ted's etc etc

    People in general

    life in general

    Birds

    Animals

    Carlton Draft/West End/Ted's etc etc

    Long Summers

    Short winters although this last one seems to have gone on a bit

    Carlton Draft/West End/Ted's etc etc

    Whoops going on a bit, sorry.

    5 Bad things:

    3 Grandchildren in Norway not OZ

    Beer more Expensive

    Family far away although sometimes not a bad thing!

    I earn much less (but I love my job, sometimes)

    Beer more Expensive

    If I can think of anything more sensible I'll be back

    Martin

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    Guest shella_n

    5 good points:

     

    1. The Adelaide Hills - love love love the hills

    2. Impromtu BBQ's and get togethers which happen all the time

    3. My kids are riding bikes, climbing trees and climbing mountains (all never happend in uk)

    4. Everyone is much friendlier and dont look at you like youve got 2 heads if you try and strike up a conversation

    5. Most weekends we can get out and actually do stuff and see stuff and not be stuck inside

     

    5 Bad points:

     

    1. In my experience the educaion standards in public schools are not good

    2. Bloody mozzies

    3. The price of food

    4. The price of cars

    5. The crappe TV

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    Guest moonraker1959
    5 good points:

     

    1. The Adelaide Hills - love love love the hills

    2. Impromtu BBQ's and get togethers which happen all the time

    3. My kids are riding bikes, climbing trees and climbing mountains (all never happend in uk)

    4. Everyone is much friendlier and dont look at you like youve got 2 heads if you try and strike up a conversation

    5. Most weekends we can get out and actually do stuff and see stuff and not be stuck inside

     

    5 Bad points:

     

    1. In my experience the educaion standards in public schools are not good

    2. Bloody mozzies

    3. The price of food

    4. The price of cars

    5. The crappe TV

    Do you mind me asking why your kids never rode bikes,climbed tree's and mountains in the UK?I have aussie kids(we all now live in the UK)and we've always done those activities in both countries?????Now my grandkids are doing the same,yes in the UK!

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    There's crappy houses everywhere, I bet UK rentals have some horror stories as well and I guess most expats have never lived in one untill moving here. No heating /insulation regs in the 70's in Uk either.

     

    Windows are poor, yes, but cheap, you can't have your cake and eat it so to speak.

     

    Live in a decent house and you won't have a problem, rentals won't be decent as there done for minimal outlay, the same the world over. Build your own house and say it's crap, you're the one to blame.

     

     

    Windows cheap ooo tell me where I can find cheap windows here:notworthy:

     

    Lived in a 1900's a 1970's and 1935 and a brand newhouse in the uk all was insulated stayed warm, (need to really lol) live in a 1970's and a newish build here both bloody freezing:biglaugh: and if I could afford to build my own house I would.

     

    Right 5 good

     

    the sun

    the sun

    the sun

    the sun

    the sun

     

    5 bad

     

    bugs

    bugs

    bugs

    bugs

    having to go to work when the sun is shining:goofy:

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    Good

    Sunshine

    Wineries

    Central Market

    Accessibility of the City, parks and hills

    Great public libraries

    Wide roads, no traffic jams

     

    Bad

    Flight costs and availability out of here to anywhere else

    Crap media (radio, papers, TV)

    Job market

    Christmas away from parents and friends

    Snakes

    Pokies in characterless pubs

     

    Sorry - can't count!

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    Guest SA Great
    Do you mind me asking why your kids never rode bikes,climbed tree's and mountains in the UK?I have aussie kids(we all now live in the UK)and we've always done those activities in both countries?????Now my grandkids are doing the same,yes in the UK!

     

    Good old Moonraker. Will never hear a bad word said about the UK!

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    Guest Martin and Val
    Do you mind me asking why your kids never rode bikes,climbed tree's and mountains in the UK?I have aussie kids(we all now live in the UK)and we've always done those activities in both countries?????Now my grandkids are doing the same,yes in the UK!

     

    But obviously not the climbing mountains bit in Wiltshire as there are no mountains!:biglaugh:

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    It's OK here;some good and bads i've found are,

     

    Good;

    Friendlier,happier people in general.Met loads of lovely people here.

     

    Sunny Days in abundance

    I Like my job

    No need to rush in to buying a house,as can afford to pay rent,live well and save.

    Hundreds of Groups and Societies for any pastime or leisure activity you may wish to take up.

     

    Bad;

    The ridicuously bad and dangerous driving here,and the confusing road systems,designed to bring in revenue via the Police.

    The poorly constructed houses.Freezing in the Winter and Roasting in the Summer!

    The furtive and ever escalating prices in the big 2 Supermarkets,daft offers like Buy 10,get one free?

     

     

    Just my Opinion.;)

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    Guest sarahsmartiepants

    Good...

    1- sun

    2 -open spaces

    3 -Parrots

    4 -Great country to exlplore

    5 -Mostly friendly people

     

    Bad

    1 - electric plugs and sockets

    2 -crap drivers for the most part

    3 -centipedes

    4 -crap christmas

    5 - That annoying yelllow weed that grows in the winter

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    Guest katsmajic

    Great Thread...

     

     

    5 good -

    the beaches and not paying to park on them let alone near them

    days out and camping planned in advance without the wet weather alternative

    the wildlife, love seeing roo's and koala's an;d parrots etc but miss squirrels

    getting 2 great jobs with great pay

    meeting genuine friendly paople and making amazing friendships

    (i dont mind the roads/drivers here - i = blend in well :biglaugh:)

    opportunity to now own/build my own home...

     

    5 bad -

    snakes and sharks

    freezing rental however now in own home with extra insultation and heating woohoo

    stupid oclock footie

    nasty grass in the summer thats full of prickles that you cant walk on...

    cant think of anything else...

     

    oh family being so far away but we knew that before we came....

     

    i'm totally in the loving it brigade but do see the faults, but am able to see ways through or past most of them faults to make my life good.

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    Guest Dave & Carole

    Good

    1)The sky does seem bigger ( I know it not, but hey it makes us smile)

    2) Friendly people

    3) There is no pretence; people say it like it is, no-one judges you on what you wear or what car you drive, or what you house is like

    4) Seeing the sea everyday

    5)Variety of things to do as a family that are free or don't cost much

    6 )(sorry) The magpies sing and you see parrotts just flying around :)

     

    Bad

    1) Lack of double glazing - feels colder in the winter - not sure that it actually is but hearing the noise of the weather certainly makes you feel colder

    2) Having to wear suncream most the of the year (but small price to pay to enjoy the glorious sunshine)

    3) Flies in the summer

    4) The Australian public school 'curriculum' - its current structure is fantatsic if you have a good teacher, but if you get a rubblish one it is easy for that teacher to get away with teaching very little. (Just our experience of one school though).

    5)TV scheduling doesn't run to time ( if you set up to record stuff you have to add on loads to avoid missing the end of shows ------scraping around for 5!!!

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    Guest guest3462

    OOOH I love this........

     

    The Good:

    1)beaches galore

    2)friendly people

    3)wonderful wildlife on your doorstep (literally!!!)

    4)sunny blue skies

    5)opportunities for families to be families and kids to be kids while feeling safe

     

    The Bad:

    1)DIAC -Get PR before you come!!!lol!

    2)BIG spiders!!!!

    3)poor choice in supermarkets for extorionate prices

    4)idiot drivers with no manners when you let them in!!

    5)rubbish tv

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    Good

     

    Free outside bbqs

    Beaches

    Friendly locals

    Built own house

    Great wine

     

    Bad

     

    Football is football and thats that ( round ball )

    Nasty things that bite you

    pets for sale in shops

    everything going brown so quick

    having to work for a living

     

     

    Heaps Good

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    GOOD

    1.Sun

    2.Beaches

    3.Space & yellow grass in Summer hehehe

    4.House, cause I love mine :D

    5.And finally the aussies, cause they make me laugh :D

     

    BAD

    1.Winter, just too damn chilly

    2.No family, very hard being soo far away :(

    3.Mosquitos, Im eaten alive :(

    4.Port Adelaide hehehe, Ive a house full of Collingwood fans hehehe

    5.Sharks !!!!!

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    Guest moonraker1959
    Good old Moonraker. Will never hear a bad word said about the UK![/QUOT

    Hey enough of the old,the avatar is actually my husbands!:biglaugh:Actually I never whinged either about living in Australia when I was there,must be an eternal optimists/realists!

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    Guest moonraker1959
    But obviously not the climbing mountains bit in Wiltshire as there are no mountains!:biglaugh:
    Why not obviously?We have lived in Scotland and Cumbria,so yes we have climbed mountains!

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