Do you say ‘thank you’ to the London bus driver?

A simple trip on the bus makes an Aussie expat question her perceptions of what common courtesy is. Are Aussies more polite than Brits?

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Kitting out your new London digs: should you go new or second hand?

Most Aussies coming to London aren’t making a permanent move, so finding affordable options to fit out their new home is a must. There’s markets, and then there’s Argos…

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Top 6 UK cities you simply must visit

From stately homes and castles, to world-class museums, art galleries and entertainment venues, the UK’s cities have plenty of attractions for everyone.

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Booze culture: Britain versus Australia – is alcohol political correctness going too far?

From the workplace to the pub, wild parties to family gatherings – Brits and Aussies both love a drink. But how much is too much, and are stricter laws and restrictions, such as Lloyd’s of London’s new alcohol ban, necessary?

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That moment when I realised London was my home

It took a chance encounter with a barfly and his dog at the pub down the road for this Aussie expat to discover he was a London local.

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It’s easy for an Aussie expat to pick up a London accent, innit

But don’t just think the expat affliction of acquiring an English accent is necessarily about contracting posh, clipped tones and a habit of saying yo-gurt, instead of yogurt.

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Five biggest travel fails: suck it up and laugh

What’s the point in travelling if you don’t have a good story to tell at the end of it?

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Got a spare 48 hours in wintery London? Here’s what to do…

A ‘not your usual whistle-stop tourist itinerary’ for the visitor to London, or just some great ideas for locals looking for something a little different to do to keep their cockles warm.

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Australia Day means even more to expats in London

It’s our great patriotic duty to demonstrate our pride by making Australia Day all it can be for everyone living so far from home. But most importantly, celebrating Australia Day when we’re miles from home is going to remind us to appreciate every little thing that much more when we eventually return back to the greatest country on Earth.

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Amazingly romantic places in central London you need to see (and photograph) to believe

Recently I had the pleasure of photographing some of my favourite places in central London. But this time I wasn’t a tourist looking for a good shot, I was a photographer capturing the love of my two dear friends.

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Loving London doesn’t prevent the occasional bouts of homesickness and culture shock

To any Aussie expat experiencing any kind of culture shock or longing for home, remember that you’re not alone. But don’t lose your patriotism, and don’t lose heart.

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You try not to just live with other Aussies and Kiwis overseas, but eventually it happens

Is it inevitable that you live with fellow so-called ‘Antipodeans’? Is this really such a bad thing?

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The best festivities for celebrating winter and Christmas in London

Particularly for us Aussies, a cold, wintery Christmas and the prospect of a white Christmas is extremely exciting and somewhat of a novelty. There are endless events and activities to immerse yourself into during the festive silly season in London.

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London is that real winter Christmas Aussie expats have only dreamed of

When the memory of Christmases spent in the UK become more and more distant, I will still be trying to recreate the magic in my pool room back in Oz, with the air conditioning cranked to the max, trying to convince anyone that will listen that sherry isn’t just for old ladies who play bridge.

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Code of the Underground: The ‘escalator rule’ and other Tube dos and don’ts

London’s Underground is a maze of passenger laws, written and unwritten, and is rife with travellers intent on breaking them.

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