I was born in London, England. I can trace my family tree back to the late 1800’s (am trying to find help to go back further) and it appears we have always been in South London, in and around Bermondsey (St. Olave’s), although the last 2 or 3 generations have wandered abit (hence me being in Australia). In the mid-60’s my parents decided that life would be better in New Zealand so we became “10 pound POMs” and migrated to Wellington.
In the 1960’s New Zealand needed people, so they implimented a scheme where people from the “Mother Country” could emigate and pay only 10 pounds, they came to be known as “10 pound POMs” (Australia did something similar). The life style in NZ at the time was in most ways a lot better than that in England but in quite a few major ways it was inferior (modcon’s mainly) . Over all life in NZ was a lot easier and from my perspective a lot better than what we left behind. The major drawback was that we left all of our family in the UK (we only had my mothers uncle in NZ but he returned to England just 1.5 years after we arrived). Fortunately for us my maternal grand-parents emigated 2 years after we did and one of my father’s sisters (with her husband and 2 children) emigrated to Australia. Just for a side note, my mother was an only child, my father was the eldest of 15 (so far as I know 12 of his siblings are still alive, he died in 2008, the next eldest, Terry died the same day Prince William got married).
I have lived in Sydney since March 1995, so almost 20 years now.
This must be one of the most exciting and beutifull places in the world. That is not to say there are not any better places out there, it is just based on what I have experienced for myself. I have lived in 3 place for extended periods, London (England, where is was born), Wellington (New Zealand) and here. I have also visted at least 10 other countries but only for a few days each.
Currently I live in a southern suburb of Sydney, about 20 minutes drive from the CBD (if your lucky and do not get caught in the traffic, at times it can take over an hour). Most of the houses around here were built from about 1930 to about 1960 but there are more and more new places popping up every week, it’s a shame really because I think the older places have character and the newer ones just look like boxes. My place is one of the earlier ones and is a bit rundown but it is comfy, quiet and has exactly what I need for now.
I am approaching retirement age (mid-50’s) and looking to settle into a nice quiet life, work part-time and enjoy myself. To do this I will need to move out of Sydney. As much as I love this city it is just too exspensive, so I am looking at moving north to somewhere like the Hunter Region – rural, small towns, etc. but best of all Wine Region. The Hunter is only 2 hours drive from Sydney, so I can always come and visit whenever I like. Another plus is that most of my friends already live up that way, a big minus is that all my remaining family in Australia live south of Sydney (the rest live in the UK).
I currently work at a company called Diageo doing Computer Support (to learn more about them go to WWW.DIAGEO.COM), basically preparing and supporting PC’s/laptops for Diageo employees.
It is a great place to work, the people are friendly and great at what they do.
IBM actually have the contract with Diageo. Supplying all sorts of computer services and equipment and they have outsourced the PC Support to the company I work for which is Bytecraft Systems. I have been with Bytecraft for about 2 ½ years now, before that I was with IBM for 13 years. In all I have been at Diageo for a little over 9 years.
1. The white lines are not there for display only, keep within the lines for your lane, that includes going around corners, there are other people on the roads as well you morons.
2. Merging lanes – learn about the different types of merging lanes, the rules are not all the same, just because you may be slightly ahead of the person in the other lane does NOT necessarily mean you have the right of way.
3. Indicating – one flash of your turn signal does not constitute a valid signal. NSW law states that you have to indicate for a minimum of 3 seconds BEFORE starting your maneuver and to continue signalling until the maneuver is completed. Signalling AFTER you have started or just 1 flash are ILLEGAL and VERY dangerous.
4. Changing lanes – match the speed of the lane you are moving to a soon as possible, doing 60kph in a lane where everyone else WERE doing 80kph is both dangerous and very inconsiderate.
5. In NSW there is a rule “Keep Left Unless Passing” . This means that if you are being legally passed on the left (and you are not going to make a right turn) you are breaking the law (even if you are doing close to the speed limit).