Diary of a Yorkshire expat

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Diary of a Yorkshire expat
Peripatetic Englishman, from the beautiful county of Yorkshire, falls in love with Australia, spends years finally getting his backside in gear, and Englishman moves to Australia.
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  • Whale of a time - but no Ryan Giggs 6 days ago My first reaction upon being asked if I wanted to go and see Wales was, "I'm sure Giggsy retired a long time ago, so, no thanks".  Yes, they are doing a mighty fine job in the Euro qualifiers, thanks to that fella playing at Real Madrid, but still, no thanks.  Once it was pointed out to me that...
  • The Winter Coat That Wasn't - A Tale of Customer Service Woe 2 months ago If a coat gets delivered, but there is nobody there to witness it (in fact there was, but more of that later), was there even a coat in the first place?Back in the day, when you wanted something new, you saved up your pocket money, waited until the weekend, and went shopping.  In real shops. ...
  • Winter? Already? Not the time to start enjoying water sports! 3 months ago I come from an island.  The greatest island in the world, in my opinion.  And being surrounded by water I must have grown up spending plenty of time in the water.  Right?  Wrong.  Have you ever tried dipping your toes into the North Sea off Filey?  Without a full body wet suit?  And that's...
  • Driving the road trip off the bucket list 6 months ago It has taken a long time to get around to this latest instalment of the Australian odyssey.  I could blame a lot of things.  But where would that get me?  It would just reinforce the tired, lazy stereotype of the "whingeing pom".So, here I am, in Max Brenner, the self proclaimed bald expert on...
  • No Fixed Abode - Road Trip part 1 8 months ago If you are reading this, and know that I am without gainful, paid employment, there is no need to worry that I am finally destitute, and now living on the streets of Sydney.  No, that is not going to happen for at least a few weeks yet.The title refers to the recent road trip, and not my current...

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  • Moving to Australia Writing Contest October 2012 I’m not sure when the love affair started. Some people profess to have been struck by love at first sight. Ignominiously struck by Cupid’s arrow. And it may well have been that way. However, when I try and think back to where it all started,...

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