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Mike Petty
St Austell, Cornwall, UK
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The interview went fine, of course, and Jen's shiny new maroon passport turned up in the post a week or so later. She was asked to describe the floorplan of our house (presumably to make sure it matched the one shown on the RightMove website). She was also asked how... Continue reading
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It’s probably not a coincidence that both the UK and Australia are in the grip of a synthetic moral panic over asylum seekers. It’s meat and drink to the tabloid press and to politicians who know that pushing the right button is a great way to get wavering supporters back... Continue reading
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Jen finally got round to applying for a British passport a few weeks ago. Henceforward she will enter Australia with her Australian passport, and the UK with her British passport. All according to plan. It took her a couple of goes at the forms and associated bits and pieces to... Continue reading
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Now that we’ve suddenly realised we won’t be living in Cornwall much longer we’ve taken to having Cornish minibreaks, 1-night micro-holidays in our own county. It’s extraordinary how just a few hours somewhere can be as restorative as a whole weekend if it includes a good night’s sleep, and of... Continue reading
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The spouse visa came through, eventually, and Jen arrived at Heathrow on August 19 2009, almost four months after we got married. We settled into a life of wedded bliss in Cornwall. Jen had a job – more of that later. There was a damp cottage and a neglected cottage... Continue reading
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I know all about the snakes, but nobody warned me about the puns... Full story here. Continue reading
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Richard Sampson I was in the Eden Choir from the beginning in September 2006, Jen joined a year later, when she came to Eden on the placement from Brisbane. It's been a wonderful experience; even if you don't feel like it beforehand, having a really good sing does wonders for... Continue reading
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Well, to quote a famous Norwegian, our boys took a hell of a beating. A complete whitewash in the Ashes, and very little comfort to be found. The top 5 batsmen in the series: all Australian. Four out of five top bowlers in the series: Australian. Stokes looks like he... Continue reading
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Jen and I got married in April 2009 at her brother's house in Casino, northern New South Wales; we'd hijacked her father's 80th birthday party. The bride arrived in a canoe to the strains of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. It was a blissful day, but I already knew... Continue reading
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One of the things that has fascinated me since Jen and I got together is the difference between the versions of English we speak. Sometimes it's just a matter of Americanisation: they say 'real estate agent', I say 'estate agent'. Sometimes it's pronunciation: Jen says 'mowan', 'showan' etc, where I... Continue reading
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If you fall in love with an Australian woman, it’s inevitable that sooner or later (unless you’re exceptionally unlucky) that you will get to live in Australia. That’s what’s happening this year, and this blog is intended to be an account of the process by which we will become homeless... Continue reading
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Jan 2, 2014