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« Reply #60 on: Mar 22, 2017, 03:07PM »

I haven't posted in the bunker before but small talk looks like it would fit here.
I am very excited, it looks as though I will be coming to live in America for two years! I took an audition for a school that covers all tuition costs as well as food and accommodation in L.A. and I got in! I will be sad to be leaving Melbourne for a couple of years but this will be a fantastic opportunity for my playing, and America is such an exciting place to be! Also looking forward to regular access to Dr. Pepper  :D
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« Reply #61 on: Mar 22, 2017, 03:55PM »

Make sure to check thoroughly that you can obtain a visa. They have been very difficult to obtain of late, even for business and education purposes.

It is a long time back now but I lived in the US for a couple of years and I am sure you will have a great time. Aussies are very popular in the US, as indeed are Americans here. Good!
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« Reply #62 on: Mar 22, 2017, 04:17PM »

... Also looking forward to regular access to Dr. Pepper  :D

Yeah, but our version of Foster's tastes like cat pee. Evil

Good luck here.  Hope you get a lot out of your visit.

As long as you are not a Muslim, you should have no problems with visas.  Right now our Fearless Leader has an anti-Muslim bias. >:( >:(
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« Reply #63 on: Mar 22, 2017, 08:21PM »

Yeah, but our version of Foster's tastes like cat pee. Evil
Yeah, Bruce has it right.  NA Fosters is just plain pooch urine.  Better to form an appreciation for Guinness.  You can always find a good pint of Guinness over here.


As long as you are not a Muslim, you should have no problems with visas.  Right now our Fearless Leader has an anti-Muslim bias. >:( >:(
Just whistle the refrain from 'Waltzing Matilda' as you go through immigration.  As long as you don't sport a hijab, you'll waltz right trough.  Don't whistle 'Australia Fair', not many in the US know that one...
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« Reply #64 on: Mar 22, 2017, 08:45PM »

Absolutely.  We think "Walizing Mailda" is the Aussie National Anthem.  I was there 25 years ago and learned the real National Anthem.  New Zealanders snap that only in Australia can you have a Waltz in 2/4 time :-P
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« Reply #65 on: Mar 22, 2017, 09:11PM »

Aside from exec order about Muslim countries, the main problem with visas for the US is qualifications. I am aware of some problems right now trying to get a visa for a businessperson because they have the wrong degree. Have a read of this website to make sure you qualify:

http://www.ustraveldocs.com/au/au-niv-typework.asp

For most visas, your prospective employer, or agent, or whatever must file a petition, which must be approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the United States before you can apply for a work visa.

An E-3 visa is a special one for Aussies!
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« Reply #66 on: Mar 22, 2017, 10:39PM »

You know.... ive actually never had fosters! Because Melbourne is a bit if a hipster city we have micro brewerys everywhere making some pretty tasty beers! And having said that, I dont think ice ever seen a pub around here that even stocks fosters.... abd ive been to a lot of pubs!  :D

Graham, thanks for that info! Im getting on top of all this stuff now. The school is sending me a package with all the details about exactly how they want me to go about this stuff so hopefully i will have more info when that arrives.
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« Reply #67 on: Mar 24, 2017, 01:18AM »

There is another tropical low brewing 600 kilometres north-east of the Queensland coast and it could make landfall early next week as a category three cyclone or higher. They usually do not affect us too badly this far South in Queensland. But it is not looking good if you live North of Mackay and right up to the Cape.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-24/cyclone-preparations-tropical-low-expected-strengthen-north-qld/8382734
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« Reply #68 on: Mar 24, 2017, 04:29PM »

This is one of the dangers of our typical cyclones in Queensland - Storm surge! Eeek!

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-09/what-is-storm-surge-and-how-can-you-prepare/8123274
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« Reply #69 on: Mar 25, 2017, 09:49PM »

They have named the cyclone off the Queensland coast "Debbie" and evacuations have already been ordered because it is likely to be the most severe cyclone since Yasi in 2011.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-26/cyclone-debbie-bears-down-on-north-queensland-coast/8387472
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« Reply #70 on: Mar 26, 2017, 08:21AM »

They have named the cyclone off the Queensland coast "Debbie" and evacuations have already been ordered because it is likely to be the most severe cyclone since Yasi in 2011.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-26/cyclone-debbie-bears-down-on-north-queensland-coast/8387472


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« Reply #71 on: Mar 26, 2017, 08:46AM »

Good luck, Grah.  Hope it doesn't affect you badly.
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« Reply #72 on: Mar 26, 2017, 02:49PM »

Debbie probably will not affect us this far South but those in the path will likely experience one of the worst cyclones of recent years. However, they have been given enough warning to at least make some reasonably preparations. Lots of sandbagging and battening down to secure outside articles that are likely to blow away and cause damage in a category four with 300Km/hr winds. Plus thousands of North Queenslander have and are being evacuated. It is likely to cross the coast in 24 hours, at 8am on Tuesday (Qld time).
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« Reply #73 on: Mar 27, 2017, 03:24PM »

Updating on Cyclone Debbie at 8am Tuesday. It has not crossed the coastline as yet but the destructive forces are already being felt along the north Queensland coastline, with wind gusts hitting Hamilton Island off the Whitsundays "like freight trains" (260K/hr) and the streets of Bowen deserted ahead of an expected direct strike. 25,000 people have been evacuated from low lying areas.

Other fears are tidal surges and flash flooding. This will be particularly damaging to crops in the mainly agricultural area. The sugar cane would normally be harvested in June, if there is any left. Previously with Cyclone Yasi it was flattened. Power has already been cut to thousands of homes at Airlie Beach and they will not attempt to get it back until after the cyclone has passed. They do not send out repairmen, or even rescue staff when the storm is still being felt.

Debbie is not and probably will not affect us here in the Brisbane area (S.E. Queensland) and we are enjoying a late summer with temps around 30 degrees C and very calm winds. We have also had some badly needed rain and all the grass is looking very green. It is very rare for the cyclones to head in a Southerly direction. Not impossible though. Eeek!

 
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« Reply #74 on: Mar 27, 2017, 03:58PM »

The thing with cyclones, typhoons, and hurricanes, is that once they make landfall they lose strength very quickly.  I'm about 100 miles (160 Km) from the southern coast of New England.  We had a hurricane strike the south coast (through Long Island) and by the time it got here it was just a moderate wind storm with a lot of rain.  I would expect the same if the cyclone went ashore on the north coast and headed to Brisbane.
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« Reply #75 on: Mar 27, 2017, 04:23PM »

Yep, the danger is if it turns South and tracks over water before making landfall. They get their extra strength from travelling over warm water. I remember one really bad one that tracked right down the coast over water until it got all the way to New Zealand, where it created havoc.
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« Reply #76 on: Mar 27, 2017, 08:06PM »

Cyclone Debbie has made landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach with destructive hurricane force winds up to 260K/hr.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-28/bom-warning-cyclone-debbie-hours-from-hitting-north-queensland/8391174
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« Reply #77 on: Mar 27, 2017, 08:17PM »

Looks like it won't be too bad where you are, but it will go offshore again leaving Brisbane and may strengthen for a hit on Sydney.
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« Reply #78 on: Mar 28, 2017, 12:49AM »

Debbie crossed the shoreline as a slow-moving category four system earlier this afternoon and it will likely be downgraded tonight to a tropical low. There is a lot of damage to structures but we will not know how much until everyone comes out of hiding and the crews are allowed to go out and inspect. Certainly power and telecommunications are out in a lot of places and, going on past performance, it may take weeks to get them fixed.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-28/cyclone-debbie-wind-speed-tracker/8392288

News about another disaster is that in test cricket, Australia has fallen short of retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy following an eight-wicket loss to India in the series finale in Dharamsala. :cry:
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« Reply #79 on: Mar 28, 2017, 07:13AM »

But the cricket loss is not going to blow down your house.  Gotta keep perspective here, Grah.

On a similar front, the USA won the World Baseball Classic, beating perennial champs Puerto Rico.
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