DanD freyay I think NZ must be a wonderful country and sometimes feel puzzled why people would want to come here but we all like to see the other side I guess. DanD did you say you were in the Navy or just your father ? if you were you must have got chance to see a huge amount of the world. .
On Scotland I felt sorry to see Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire was a little low. That too is a wonderful place. Whether I would compare it to NZ I don't know but still. I was wondering what could be done for it and it seems to me the one thing they have got in spades more than most is the history and atmosphere and countryside. With the exchange rate I thought it would be great if there were efforts to get Americans Canadians and so on over by developing that side. it certainly has a big tourist industry but it isn't so developed as say Cornwall and yet it has as much going for it. (bar possibly the weather at times).
Mind you .. just thinking.. Mr Trump has not found it worthwhile investing anywhere near the I think 1 billion he said in his golf course - more like 35 mill. So it cant be that easy.
We can all come out with our illuminating facts and figures and sound all informed and clever but the fact is this country was better 20years ago before Labour monumentally cocked the whole job up. We didnt have Romanian beggers, 1.6m homeless or Eastern European hotel staff outside of London. Whatever happened to the YTS?
freya..I have a similar story to Cath's. People like that should be welcomed with open arms and every assistance given.
My nephew is married to an Australian,infact when she was a toddler when her family moved to New Zealand..it accounts for why she wasn't as brash as the Australians I've met. Anyway, they wanted to live in the UK,it was just a couple of years ago,if that and first off they had to have £18,000 in savings but the only way they could get to live here was to go into the EU, the irony of it..lol...for 12 months or so then they can come here. Infact they even had to go back to NZ. .ie leave the UK earlier than they wanted to before her visitors permit or whatever ran out. I can't recall exactly what her qualifications are but she has a degree(something to do with Enviroment,I think) and a very bright lass. I told them that it has a silver lining.They had a rented home by the ocean and sitting in their living room could look out and watch orcas and whales swimming by on migration routes. My nephew is a professional commercial photographer and has fantastic shots taken in NZ. He went up into some mountains with a tent to get sunset and sunrise..They now have their own plot of land..just bought a couple of months ago,the size of a small housing estate here..lol and they are having their own house built. Got to be better than here. Right on top of a newly-discovered continent too..Zealand..:)
I'm back to 'strong buy' after reading M1K3's post re. results.
Thanks for your post earlier. I'll slip in my way off topic answer as it's Sunday evening.
I wanted to listen to Any Answers,I actually enjoy it more than Any Questions which is so often dominated by 'up their backside' politicians,all too often speaking or rather shouting over one another so much so that you don't get to hear what they're saying. Also I really don't like one of them telling another that he/she is "talking rubbish" which happens quite a lot. That is so rude,so ignorant. Can't they just say they totally disagree with the opinion or statement ? I really like to hear the callers even though it's generally the Middle Class..retired Lt. Gen. or Brigadier hoo-harr from leafy suburbia somewhere in the Home Counties..lol..same with the lady -callers too. Anyway, the reason I decided to catch up on the Any Answers podcast rather than listen live was that I just couldn't leave watching the Burnley v Lincoln cup tie which,as you may know Lincoln,amazingly, won 1-0 with just one minute of normal time to go then 5 minutes of extra time.
I agree that I take what's going on in the world too much to heart, I don't think I can change that but it grieves me,especially the decline in so many animal and cetaecean species because of the greed of people and worse, governments are in cahoots. My latest rage are about those countries like Malta ,CyprusFrance , Turkey etc..here's a list ..that slaughter song birds. Infact on Cyrpus it;s done on MOD land.The MOD are taking some steps to put an end to it.
The EU should ban bull fights and running the bulls in Pamplona too ,and foie gras..another evil Some MEP's want it stopped but they up against french Mp's who support it..
I watch a several news Channels,including foreign ones (english language) and I'm an avid watcher of investigative documentaries. Re. the Queen..I was told that someone posted on a private restricted forum that they'd been she was in hospital so I was aware that she was in hospital when it wasn't made public but I wouldn't say that. A few days later it was announced that she had infact been in hospital. The first thing I said when I was told was that the source should not have been leaking that kind kind of information.
Wids.. I am smiling ..Needless to say but I will..re. giving me any good tips for the Cheltenham races..er..as you can now guess having read the above, no thanks. My wife and I went to Sudeley castle a few years ago to hear a concert by Katherine Jenkins..such a lovely person. It was in aid of the Services charities..open air,it was and we had a picnic as did all around us.
Very uplifting post by M1K3Y re. 2016 profits .That's cheered me up.
Freya I wasn't even thinking about you and your post to be honest. And it's you who are saying what I said was untrue not the other way round.
The rules and so on about leave to remain and benefits, maximum hours work, costs of applying for leave to remain, cost of citizenship and the rest are all available for you to check. I wouldn't have a clue about them if it wasn't from knowing someone who went through them.
As for the experience of my friend it is I can assure you absolutely true - and I also know other people have similar experiences.
As for your story I might have been in Aberdeen more recently than you - have been three or four times in the last 18 months. It was hit badly by the oil crash. Some people seemed to be saying things are picking up a bit - but I didn't really notice it - it will likely take years to get back to where it was I'd guess. I am aware there are quite a lot of Eastern Europeans there too working in hotels and so on. I even asked directions of one of them, who was very nice and very helpful.
But these individual experiences do not tell us what to do in the bigger picture. For that we have to consider what millions of different people are doing in many different industries, and the nature of the economy.
if you could tell whether there are skills shortages in industries in the country by looking at groups of people in streets or listening to an anecdote of mine then running a country would be very different even if both are 100% true.
That is why large studies are done, statistics and facts gathered and analysis is needed, Facts have to weeded out from illusions. Industries have to be asked whether they have skills shortages etc.
I can promise you one thing which is I will never bother lying about something in one of my posts, largely because the only way to make sense of things is to consider how to sort fact from fiction. Partly because having spoken the truth I don't care a flying fig what people think.
I never had any problem getting well paid jobs in London, trouble was the quality of life was not great, I was robbed at gun point and they threatened to kill me if I did not give them the money, not pleasant.
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