Is anybody out there?

By |May 25th, 2009|

Can you hear that……? Yup that’s the silence associated with the Australian Immigration Authority doing…..stuff!

It seems very quiet at the moment. My checks of all the usual sources of immigration news seems to be bringing with it very little in the way of updates.

Personally, there’s nothing fascinating to update you guys with either other than the fact that we are now into late Autumn and we had to put the heating on for the first time this morning.

Actually.. that is kind of interesting in a sad kind of way :-)

Living in Australia there is no need for good old ‘central heating’. In the UK our central heating system had a handy ‘boost’ feature you could use when you needed to take the chill off!

You’d get home from work to a cold house, press the boost button and then wait 30 minutes for the water to heat up and circulate around the radiators scattered around your house, most of which only heated at 50% capacity because of the air which needed to be bled from the system in order for them to work properly. […]

South Australia and Victoria are having a bit of a heatwave

By |January 31st, 2009|

Bruces Barbecue gets a little out of control

It was only a couple of weeks ago that I wrote about the recent hot weather we were experiencing here in Perth.

We were hitting temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius and I have to say it was pretty warm. We were grateful for the air-con that’s for sure.

Now pop a few thousand miles South East of here to good old South Australia and Victoria and the guys over there are having a seriously hard time of it.

Adelaide has had a 15 day string of temperatures in excess of 35 degrees C which is a one in 3000 year event apparently.

Meanwhile, In Victoria, bush fires have destroyed at least 10 homes with nearly 500,000 people in the state losing power (and the all important air conditioning) following severe pressure on the electricity grid. […]

Perth Ferris Wheel takes locals for a Spin

By |January 6th, 2009|

In an effort to enjoy some fresh air whilst trying to remain cool in the 33 degrees heat, I decided to walk down to the Swan River this lunchtime to enjoy a sandwich.

One of the great things about working in a CBD the size of Perth’s is that the river is less than a 10 minutes walk from most office buildings and the cool breeze provided by the fremantle doctor was especially welcoming today.

My normally uneventful trip from our offices down to the foreshore was made a little less so when I caught site of a 60-metre high Ferris wheel that has been erected right next to the Bell Tower. It must have been put up pretty quickly to as there was nothing there but grass less than a couple of weeks ago.

I’d heard about the wheel on the radio a few weeks ago. Apparently it was 10 meters shorter than expected and I was surprised by the laid back attitude of the counsellor being interviewed. It was only 10 meters shorter than expected after all.

Back at the office I thought I’d utilise my time doing a little ‘Googling’ and have since found out a few additioanl facts about the wheel.

The “Wheel of Perth” consists of 42 gondolas which take paying passengers around once every 12 minutes. […]

Getting a little bit warm and dealing with a hot cat

By |December 31st, 2008|

So it’s started to get a little warm here in Western Australia and yesterday it hit 40 degrees Celsius which is the first time this summer that it’s hit this temperature.

Today the forecast is a very warm 38 C and tomorrow (new years day) we’ll be hitting the 40’s again.

Nothing for a bloke to […]

Perth Weather – getting hot hot hot!

By |October 24th, 2007|

OK, perhaps just pleasantly warm then!

Hmmm, sunshine. Probably one of the main attractions for many and one of the reasons why we choose Perth; officially the sunniest city in the world to be our home.

Speaking to some friends in the UK last night it was pretty wet and foggy. Late October is never a good […]

Cat Update – Charlie and Jeff take on Australia

By |April 2nd, 2007|

Well, it’s been a while since I blogged about the furry felines so I thought I’d write a quick update to let those of you interested know how the cats have settled in down under.

To be honest, I’ve been pretty surprised how easily and quickly both ‘Charlie and Jeff’ have taken to their new surroundings.

Both […]

Steamy nights and a trip down to Rockingham

By |March 6th, 2007|

It has been really steamy over the last couple of days. The thermometer has been hitting 42 degrees Celsius (107 F in old money) during the day and hasn’t been dropping below 24 C (75 F) during the night which has been pretty uncomfortable.

Still, I’m not complaining…!

The nights may be pretty uncomfortable but the days […]

Hot nights, cats and bikes

By |February 28th, 2007|

It’s been a while since I posted any Blog updates but I’ll use the excuse that work has been pretty hectic recently.

Life in Australia is still great although we’ve had a couple of sleepless nights due to some very warm weather we’ve been experiencing recently.

During the daytime the weather has been in the 100’s which […]

Coober Pedy – The Opal Capital Of Australia

By |August 31st, 2006|

Coober Pedy is without a doubt one of the most unique outback destinations in Australia.

Set in a stark arid landscape often compared to Mars, this outback mining town where many people live underground is the source of most of the world’s precious opal production.

Coober Pedy is located about 850 kilometres north of Adelaide in […]

Broome – The Pearl Capital of Australia

By |August 31st, 2006|

Broome is a remote outback town situated on the Indian Ocean in northwest Australia. It is the largest town in the vast Kimberley region to the north of Western Australia, and has become a very popular travel destination in recent years. This popularity is due to Broome’s unique history, unique blend of cultural influences, it’s […]

An Overview of Australia for Travelers

By |August 31st, 2006|

Australia is a very diverse country geographically and a hot spot for tourism. If you are thinking about heading down under, here is some information on Australia.

An Overview of Australia for Travelers

Australia is its own continent, the only country in the world that can say as much. It covers roughly 3 million square miles and […]

Ooh What a Scorcher

By |July 19th, 2006|

Phew! Its been really warm this last week. What’s that I hear you say, warm, in the UK, as in sunny?? Yup!

Damn warm in fact. The newspapers have been running their annual – Ooh, what a scorcher features for the last few days but today looks like it’s going to be the hottest day of […]

DIY Frenzy

By |March 25th, 2006|

Do you know when you have those ‘little’ jobs to do around the house that you’ll get around to doing eventually? Well, that’s pretty much what we’ve been doing for the last few weeks.

Having finally got over returning back to the UK to be faced with sub Zero temperatures and snow I’ve been hitting all […]