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Old 02-01-2013, 09:38
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Ugh, I have to ask where do they get these unbearable couples who go on these house hunting trips to Australia who turn their noses up at every property shown to them...houses that are far better than anything they were ever used to in Blighty being discarded as 'too small' (4 bedrooms, BBQ area, 2 receptions and 2 bathrooms not enough for a family of 3?)...''no pool' (you're by the beach luv)...'where's the shops?'(ummm, around the corner - no Tesco in Oz luv)....
The woman on this morning's show has a face like a dyspeptic bulldog - beautiful houses and none of them good enough. Looking at their pokey little dive back home they deserve no better. Honestly.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:41
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This is such a pointless programme.

I think they're expecting some kind of miracle fix...
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:42
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We must have started our threads at the same time. Miserable pair aren't they? I really thought the Scottish house was going to be grand but, as you say, it was pokey. She seems to want to turn wherever she lives into her way of living, kids playing in the street etc. instead of being willing to adapt.

Little boy's OK though.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:44
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Surely Alan could have found work as in electrician in London?
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:44
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If Australia is so wonderful, why do loads of you insist on living here?
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:48
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There wouldn't be time to go the beach with all those bedrooms bathrooms and vast areas of floor and other surfaces to clean every day. Unless you intend to employ a team of gardeners,window and house cleaners?
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:48
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Those are houses Australian's dream of having! I doubt she'd fit in there - the type who are looking for a lifestyle they are not used to and want homes that will impress the folks back home. For people like her its all about the house when for Aussies it's about the lifestyle outside of the house. She wont fit in....
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:50
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If Australia is so wonderful, why do loads of you insist on living here?
Its not about 'insisting' on living here, I certainly do not, my husband is from Northern Ireland and contracted to work here. We wont be here forever I tell you
I don't know any expat who 'insists' on living here...odd turn of phrase
The majority of Australians live in Australia for a good reason...
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:52
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There wouldn't be time to go the beach with all those bedrooms bathrooms and vast areas of floor and other surfaces to clean every day. Unless you intend to employ a team of gardeners,window and house cleaners?
Looking at the Scottish house I don't think they're particularly house proud!
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:53
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Having just become a grandma myself I would be heartbroken if my daughter and my grandson moved away.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:54
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Life and soul???? More like the Desponds!
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:59
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I would not be swimming on that stretch of beach - unpatrolled, unsafe. Hope they learn that on Oz beaches you swim between the flags or you end up being one of the many Brits each year dragged out of the surf unconscious.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:00
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Do they ever say if they actually move or not?
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:06
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I wonder why they go on these programmes, except to be on TV and get a free holiday.

They clearly hadn't thought anything out like leaving family behind, travelling distance, cost and time for visitors etc.

Was it explained how they could jump from selling a house for 120k to buying one for 300k?
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:07
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If Australia is so wonderful, why do loads of you insist on living here?
Yes its amazing but so is the UK, thats why I moved here and chose to remain.

The show itself does my head in, those homes are amazing, how they afford them I have no idea??
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:13
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It's the first time I've watched this program. I also thought they were being picky about the houses given the tiny one they lived in (comparitively). I don't believe the there is nowhere in the UK that a midwife and an electrician can work in the same place! Still, if I had the opportunity to live somewhere warm and be better off financially then I'd take it, albeit temporarily.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:21
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I missed the beginning, was there a reason why she couldn't find work in Scotland?
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:29
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They judge, or are asked to judge, "Australia" by 2 or 3 houses, not taking into account that there are many different parts to Australia with different climates even. And as MissCulture says, these are houses Australians dream of themselves, so it's unrealistic all round.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:32
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I missed the beginning, was there a reason why she couldn't find work in Scotland?
She was a midwife apparently! I didn't hear any reason given but may have missed it.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:34
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She was a midwife apparently! Your guess is as good as mine.
That didn't make sense, she was spending 900 a month renting in London, surely there are hospitals nearer to Glasgow that need midwives.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:35
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How often does anyone ever buy a property on one of these programmes? I suspect that it's just cheap to make television like the Home or Abroad variation - hardly anyone choose to say in the UK but equally hardly anyone buys abroad either - at the end of the programme they're still looking for a suitable property!
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:37
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That didn't make sense, she was spending 900 a month renting in London, surely there are hospitals nearer to Glasgow that need midwives.
It was an unsatisfactory programme all round. Bring back Heir Hunters.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:41
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It was an unsatisfactory programme all round. Bring back Heir Hunters.
Oh I like this programe, purely because I disagree with just about every family, and I enjoy a good rant at the tv in the morning!
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:53
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Oh I like this programe, purely because I disagree with just about every family, and I enjoy a good rant at the tv in the morning!
I've enjoyed them in the past but this one didn't do it for me today.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:54
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I missed the beginning, was there a reason why she couldn't find work in Scotland?
Same here but I got the impression they both thought they are gods gift to their professions so perhaps a Scottish hospital wouldn't be good enough on her CV.
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