Tougher English language exams for Australian citizenship will be debated by Senate

The changes to the citizenship tests aren’t wholesale, but they have raised the bar for an English speaking skills-set.

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It’s difficult, even embarrassing, only knowing two languages: English and Australian

Sadly, I fall into the category of typical Aussie who speaks no other languages. So my first tour of Europe was certainly an eye (and ear) opener…

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Who loves a cold beer more, Poms or Aussies?

I am not saying the Brits do not drink beer. There are still some true believers left.

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Migrants will soon find it easier to dot their i’s and cross their t’s

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced that more options for English language proficiency testing will soon be available to visa applicants.

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Embracing the bug – the travel bug

HONEYMOONING NOMAD | “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list”

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Double-back to Brick Lane

SUBCULTURE SLEUTH | Brick Lane — tourist trap or vibrant urban heartland of Bangladeshi cuisine and culture? Our sleuth investigates.

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The great Aussie bake-off

HONEYMOONING NOMAD | Impressing UK colleagues with a taste of home on Office Bake Day proves a little more difficult than anticipated for our honeymooning nomad.

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Millwall mugs

SUBCULTURE SLEUTH | Despite the disturbing football hooliganism of a few, our sleuth discovers a club still deserving of support in Millwall.

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The London tan

HONEYMOONING NOMAD | Surviving the London winter is much easier when you’re the one Australian who doesn’t tan.

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Saying it with paper

HONEYMOONING NOMAD | Facing a first wedding anniversary, our Honeymooning Nomad comes up with her own take on the traditional gift of paper.

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Practicing the English art of politeness

HONEYMOONING NOMAD | Londoners have been deemed ‘unfriendly’ by a recent TripAdvisor survey. Is it their unfailing politeness holding them back?

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Tackling tourists

SUBCULTURE SLEUTH | This week our sleuth practices the London art of patience when faced with a swarming mass of tourists.

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Attempting Arsenal assimilation

SUBCULTURE SLEUTH | In an attempt to understand the almost religious fevour with which football is followed in our adopted homeland, our sleuth dons the red and white and tries to go incognito at the ‘North London derby’.

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South-west side story

SUBCULTURE SLEUTH | A rivalry as old as time, the London cross-city divide, takes on a whole new dimension when you add Australians to the mix.

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Man-scaping madness

SUBCULTURE SLEUTH | Whether you are chav or posh boy, hipster or hooligan, Australian or Brit, there is one thing that men across the world have in common — image is everything, especially in a cultural melting pot like London.

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