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Postby Jayne Sutton » Thu 13 Mar 2008 01:10 GMT

I am 44 year old recently divorced (this month) lady who would like to move to England. I have my Ancestory Visa through my Grandmother Doris Sutton who was born in the Sub District of Shoreham in the County of Kent. Registration District Sevenoaks. She was born at Evelyn Cottage Dunton Green Sevenoaks. I would like to live in the same area where she was born. I will be bringing by 10 year old daughter with me. I hope to secure a job as a teacher. I am presently attending the University of Victoria in Victoria British Columbia Vancouver Island Canada. (Yes, God's Island). I would also like to start dating again. I would like to discuss what it is like in the England as I have never been there but would love the challenge of starting a new life. Any advice out there. Also, some suggestions of where to rent would be great.

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Postby Graeme » Thu 13 Mar 2008 03:46 GMT

Hi Jayne:
Welcome to the forum. I have a hard time understanding why someone would want to leave Victoria to move the Kent, even though my wife is from Kent and I love the county I wouldn't leave Canada for there. Anyhow, as far as I know teaching will require you attaining credentials which are deemed equivalent to the UK teaching requirements, best bet is to contact the professional body over there and ask how to do it. Kent and Sevenoaks is an expensive place to live, although compared to Victoria it may be closer than I think. I can't give you an exact area to rent in, best bet there is to get hold of a local newspaper and look through the adverts, contact a real estate agent there and ask what they have to offer, there are loads online. Dating is definitely not my forte (or so my wife tells me) so you're on your own there. I 'd suggest though that you speak slowly and clearly as the Brits don't always catch the Canadian accent, they do like the Canucks though, more so than the Yanks.
Good luck and perhaps you'll get more constructive answers on here. The Chinwags forum might have been the right place to post this, and I think I'll move it there for a wider audience.
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Postby Kay » Thu 13 Mar 2008 08:23 GMT

Hi Jayne, and welcome to BE.

Each to their own - we're all different. But please look at our Canada forum and see how desperate people are to leave the UK and move to Canada.

You say you've never been to England. Well, a challenge is one thing but moving to a new country - one which many people are fleeing from - is quite another. I don't know what your perception of Britain is. You could try reading the news on the BBC website each day to give you some of the flavour of it.

http://news.bbc.co.uk

Murders, drugs, rapes, beatings, and people often don't feel safe to be out. The weather is awful. It's horribly expensive. Seriously, most people are running the other way - except for the new wave of immigrants from eastern Europe who hope to gain some economic advantage by moving there.

If that's what you really want to do, then go for it. But please at least try a holiday there first before burning any bridges back home. Talk to some of the people on our Canada forum - use the socialising boards, get to know them, and why they're so desperate to leave.

Not my business, but I think the divorce has unsettled you. You'd like to settle down again and there's maybe no eligible men in your area. Move house by all means. Start afresh. Go to Turkey - there's loads of hunks there who would jump at the chance of dating you (some nice guys too, I'm not being sarcastic or anything).

Get out and start a new life. Go for it! But the UK? Nah, you've got to be joking.

Also think about this. You have a 10 y/o daughter. You do realise how restricted she will be? These days most parents don't even allow their children to walk to school alone. They must always be accompanied by an adult - such is the fear that pervades society.

You might be OK in some of the more remote places, maybe the Scottish highlands and islands, or maybe even Ireland? I don't even know you but I doubt you'll be happy in the SE of England.

I'm not being negative for the sake of it. I'm just trying to help you make a decision which is the right thing for you.

Actually Turkey isn't such a bad idea. Have a holiday there if you can afford it (cheap once you get there), you'll have a wild time. :-)
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Postby Kay » Thu 13 Mar 2008 08:35 GMT

PS: If you're really wanting a challenge and to a new start in life, why not apply for overseas work with some NGOs or whatever? Some of the jobs are quite well paid (although many aren't) and you get accommodation. It's an adventure and it doesn't have to be permanent if you decide you don't like it. Teachers are always in demand.

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Postby Savannah_Alan » Fri 14 Mar 2008 16:02 GMT

Hi Jayne,
I'm the resident antidote to the UK haters on here :wink:.
England has a lot to offer. Oh the whole, the people are great.

My advice would be this: Don't set too much store by what I say, or what others on here say. A decision of this magnitude demands that you spend some extended time there.

Personally, I would hold off plans for actual immigration, but make definite plans for as extended a stay there as you can manage. Then you will be better equipped to make your own mind up.

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Postby Kay » Fri 14 Mar 2008 16:14 GMT

I'm the resident antidote to the UK haters on here .


:lol:

Well, this website is for people who have decided to leave the UK and settle elsewhere. That's why it's called BritishExpat - geddit? :twisted:

I never really expected us to get visitors wanting to go the other way. But everyone is welcome as long as they're friendly. It's good to get different points of view anyway.
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Postby Jayne Sutton » Fri 14 Mar 2008 21:02 GMT

[quote="Savannah_Alan"]Hi Jayne,
I'm the resident antidote to the UK haters on here :wink:.
England has a lot to offer. Oh the whole, the people are great.

My advice would be this: Don't set [i]too[/i] much store by what I say, or what others on here say. A decision of this magnitude demands that you spend some extended time there.

Personally, I would hold off plans for actual immigration, but make definite plans for as extended a stay there as you can manage. Then you will be better equipped to make your own mind up.

Alan.[/quote]

Thank you for your response. I am hopefully going to England on July 25th for a month while my daughter is staying with her father. My Canadian teaching licence is valid in the UK (already talked to to agencies crying for teachers) so if I like it there then there is a chance for fairly good employment. I have a few herdles to overcome before actually moving to the UK. Right now I have Ancestry rights which enables me to work and stay for 5 years. I can also own British property and my daughter can go to school as any other british child could without applying as a foreigner. Hopefully I like England this summer as I would like to change my life and experience something new. England I am sure is very stiffling to people clammoring to get out. Vancouver Island is absolutely beautiful and is teaming with British people. Some say Victoria is more like Britian than Britian itself complete with double decker buses. It would also be a great educational experience for my daughter to pick up on some proper English. Canadian slang can be a bit tiresome and exposure to a more proper approach to the English language may serve her well in later studies not to mention the experience of seeing Europe. Maybe everyone will leave Britian and then it will rebuild itself all over again. History is funny.
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Postby Jayne Sutton » Fri 14 Mar 2008 21:13 GMT

[quote="Kay"][quote]I'm the resident antidote to the UK haters on here .
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:lol:

Well, this website is for people who have decided to leave the UK and settle elsewhere. That's why it's called BritishExpat - geddit? :twisted:

I never really expected us to get visitors wanting to go the other way. But everyone is welcome as long as they're friendly. It's good to get different points of view anyway.[/quote]

Thank you for your being open enough to accept other's views. I always think that it is a good idea to hear the bad about a country before jumping into a long term move. Obviously people have left the UK because the opportunities there for them were few. Children also have a better chance at a new life in Canada. I left the Prairies (in Canada) 10 years ago to come to Vancouver Island. I am still in culture shock and that is within Canada. To come from another country must be far more difficult. I return to the prairies every summer and love visiting it. All my family is back there and I am the only one to venture further than 100 miles. By going back I rekindle family ties (very important) and strengthen the ability to establish my self on the Island. Some do not agree with this way of immigrating (mine was within Canada but it is 28 hours by car away thus an entire world away). My family want me to stay in British Columbia because they know it is a better place to live there than the Prairies (far less harsh a climate) but I am the only one in my family that has been able to gather the strength to move. England is a place I want to visit for long long vacation (perhaps 3 mo to 1 year) but I will return to BC because I know that it will be better than England. I just want to experience another country where I have some blood ties (grandmother) and they speak the language.
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Postby Savannah_Alan » Sat 15 Mar 2008 06:15 GMT

Jayne Sutton wrote:but I will return to BC because I know that it will be better than England.


If you know that already, there's no need to go then :shock:.
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Postby Jayne Sutton » Sat 15 Mar 2008 06:33 GMT

[quote="Savannah_Alan"][quote="Jayne Sutton"]but I will return to BC because I know that it will be better than England.[/quote]

If you know that already, there's no need to go then :shock:.[/quote]

I have heard that the shopping in downtown London is fantastic and there are designer stores everywhere. I would like to see a castle and the tower of terror. A teacher that I worked with did a few years in England in a town called Lincon. He said that I would like it there. Do you know anything about Lincon?
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Postby Savannah_Alan » Sat 15 Mar 2008 06:47 GMT

Yes, there are plenty of castles in the UK. Some of them are magnificent.
The Tower of Terror is in Orlando, Florida (Disneyworld, to be precise :wink:).
We do, however, have a prototype built by a certain William the Conqueror, called the Tower of London. :D

I have never been to Lincoln, as far as I remember, but it is purported to be a lovely historic town. I think it was originally a settlement for Roman veterans with many remaining structures from subsequent Anglo-Saxon and Norman habitation. I'd like to see it myself one day.
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Postby Jayne Sutton » Sat 15 Mar 2008 17:08 GMT

[quote="Savannah_Alan"]Yes, there are plenty of castles in the UK. Some of them are magnificent.
The Tower of Terror is in Orlando, Florida (Disneyworld, to be precise :wink:).
We do, however, have a prototype built by a certain William the Conqueror, called the Tower of London. :D

I have never been to Lincoln, as far as I remember, but it is purported to be a lovely historic town. I think it was originally a settlement for Roman veterans with many remaining structures from subsequent Anglo-Saxon and Norman habitation. I'd like to see it myself one day.[/quote]

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Postby Kay » Sat 15 Mar 2008 17:29 GMT

Don't bother if you are not single because I don't talk to married men


Me neither. Sometimes I can't even be bothered talking to Dave.

But c'mon? What kind of comment is that? You can only talk to me if you're a potential date? What has Alan done to deserve that kind of response.

I've been friends with some of the guys on this forum for years and dating has never entered into the friendship. Yes, that's what this place is all about - friendship.

I don't know if you're joking or not, but BE isn't a dating forum and your comments are a bit offensive.

Please read our posting guidelines about quoting previous posts in their entirety - it's very tedious for us to wade through and we don't allow it. Please also treat our members with some consideration rather than as a target for your next date.

I can understand that you're looking for a new start but IMO you're going about it the wrong way by not treating men as people.
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Postby gozomark » Fri 12 Sep 2008 08:33 GMT

yep, I don't talk to married men either, not even myself
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Postby Mr Kriss » Fri 12 Sep 2008 12:24 GMT

I don't talk to married men (or anyone) that charges me EUR 10 to email them :twisted:
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