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Relocation to the UK (and probably back to Australia in three years time).

becoming British

Life, Moving, — January 2017

I am now a British citizen, after a pleasantly low-key ceremony last Thursday in the County Hall. (more…)

Missing food

Moving, Oxford — May 2011

There are a few deficiencies in Oxford's culinary scene. (more…)

a blast from the past

Moving, Oxford — March 2011

Coming out of the Cowley Rd Tesco a few weeks ago, I ran into an old chess and bushwalking friend I hadn't seen more for more than a decade. (more…)

Alternative Vote for the UK?

Books + Ideas, Moving — March 2011

On May 5th the UK will be voting on (among other things) a referendum to use "Alternative Vote" instead of "First Past the Post" in electing members of Parliament. (more…)

the road not taken

Books + Ideas, Moving — September 2010

Being in Oxford has made me think about one of the turning points in my life, which came when I finished my undergraduate degree. (more…)

comparative utility costs

Moving, Technology — September 2010

Utility costs are very different in Sydney and Oxford. Overall the UK is more expensive, even at current exchange rates. (more…)

Exchange rates and relative prices

Moving, — July 2010

I've adjusted to thinking in pounds and not converting prices to Australian dollars, at least for daily life. (more…)

What do you do?

Moving — May 2010

One of the questions I get asked by people I meet is, of course, "what do you do?". (more…)

Stuff from Australia

Moving — March 2010

Our thirty seven boxes from Australia were delivered on Wednesday, having taken about nine weeks door-to-door. Here's a photo of them sitting in our living room. (more…)


Moving — March 2010

As a citizen of a Commonwealth country resident in the UK, I am eligible to vote in UK elections. And I've just sent off a letter to the Oxfordshire Council registering as a voter so I can do that. (more…)

Catherine St

Moving, Oxford — March 2010

Yesterday C and I moved into a house on Catherine St, just around the corner from my sister. (more…)

Arrival in Oxford

Moving — February 2010

I had an uneventful flight - the best kind - got through border control and customs at Heathrow, carted my baggage to the bus station, rang C, and had time for coffee and a croissant before getting the bus to Oxford. (more…)

Got my visa!

Moving — February 2010

After a drive down to Canberra and back with my father and step-mother, I finally have my visa! A big thank you to the visa unit staff who took pity on me and put my visa into my passport on the same day - Australia Post probably wouldn't have been fast enough for me to make my (already delayed once) flight. (more…)

In Limbo

Moving — January 2010

I was supposed to fly to the UK on January 25th, with C, but with no news about my visa application since December 17th that didn't happen. (more…)


Moving — January 2010

This was my first experience of international relocation.  This is like moving house locally, but with a whole pile of added complications. (more…)

The Weather

Moving, Oxford — January 2010

Talking about the weather is a particularly English pastime, but the UK weather at the moment is rather dramatic. (more…)

Leaving my job

Moving — January 2010

Today was my last day at work. I've been working at the University of Sydney, first for Anatomy and then for Medical Sciences, for sixteen years, so it's a pretty big change for me - I don't think I've lived in a house as long as I've worked in the Anderson Stuart building. (more…)

Where in Oxford to Live?

Moving, Oxford — January 2010

Oxford is not a big city, which restricts our options. (We thought about renting a cottage in a village outside Oxford, but infrequent bus services and the lack of parking in the Uni make that seem impractical.) (more…)

Strange Books

Books + Ideas, Moving — December 2009

Books I have read are unthreatening, placing no pressure on me and offering the comfort of a familiar experience. In contrast, unread books are not so relaxing - some bring back memories of unwise purchases or over-eager review copy requests, some have remained unread because they seem difficult or daunting, and even the most docile of them whisper an insistent "read me! read ME!". (more…)

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