M&S International Delivery

I've been contacted by a guy from LBi who are running a marketing campaign for Marks and Spencer.  He made me aware that M&S now offer international delivery and wondered if I would mind blogging or tweeting about it. For all you fellow British Expats, M&S are currently running a survey where you have a chance to win a £250 gift card.  The survey is available at - http://www.marksandspencer.com/gp/node/n/206905031.

Unfortunately, the one thing I do miss about M&S - their food - is of course one of the things that isn't included in international delivery.  I appreciate the impracticalities of achieving this.  What I say is - forget about delivery, open up a Food store in Brisbane, there's definitely a market for it.  There's nothing here that can compete in terms of luxury convenience food.  If you can open up stores in Gibraltar and Singapore, why not Australia?

Marks and Spencer survey

I've done a quick survey of a few expats and it seems quite a lot of the women are missing the M&S trouser-suits.  With a £20 delivery charge to Australia though, and after taking into account the exchange rate and relative incomes over, you would have to really love M&S clothing to go for international delivery!

A Year Down Under

Yesterday was the 1st anniversary of our arrival in Australia. I was going to do a big blog post to mark the occasion but I can't be arsed - too busy working on my website. Suffice to say it's been a fantastic first year - everything we hoped for and more. There are lots of positives and very few negatives.

We do miss everyone but there's definitely no going back!

We're getting visitors!

Our first set of visitors from the UK have been confirmed. Rachelle's sister is coming over with her daughter in November, and my Mum and Dad have booked their flights for next March.

We're really looking forward to having the chance to show people around so they can see exactly why we've moved here.

This is the first place I've ever lived where I can actually say I feel proud to live here. It's such a difference to the depressing drabness of Doncaster and Worksop.

Brisbane is a city of 1.8 million people, yet because it is spread over such a large area it doesn't feel congested. As a relatively new city, you can also tell that some kind of planning has gone into the layout. One advantage of this is that there are lots of parks and green areas. It seems like nearly every street or neighbourhood is separated by a park. And every house, street and neighbourhood looks different. It has variety and colour. You don't drive down a street in Brisbane where every house is the same build and look as in the UK.

I think our love for Brisbane has helped dampen down any homesickness we might otherwise have had, or should I say what Rach might have had. I've moved around regularly since I was 16 so I new I'd be ok. Whereas in Rachelle's case, up until now she's never lived outside of a 20-mile radius of Doncaster, so I was worried that she might find it difficult.

As it happens she's been fine. Both Rach and Lauren have settled in really well.

And as for me, it's now nearly 3 months since we arrived here, and although there are people and things in the UK that I miss, I can honestly say I haven't once had any inkling of regret.

There's no going back!