Moving from Oz to the UK

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  • adz 27 Mar 2017 06:22:16 34 posts
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    So we (as in myself wife and kids) will be moving to the UK in a week or too. Up north to Manchester. A hell of a lot of things to organise, but some local knowledge would be cool - what are broadband plans like in northern england? Cell phone coverage? Maybe that's not a thing in England - in Oz you can definitely struggle to get a connection depending on your carrier and where you are.

    Bike riding? Is that big? Motor bikes, push bikes - I like bikes.
    RC Aircraft/Helis - anyone have any info on that? I'm big on flying stuff.
    Is swimming and pools a thing? Or is it too cold to be popular? Love swimming laps for exercise.

    Also need to build a new crew of gaming friends - it's going to be hard to game with my friends back home due to the time difference, though it will be cool to party chat with them when I can.

    Anything I should watch out for? Any votes for best areas to move to? Everything is still a bit last minute (its a work related move), so we haven't settled on a place yet. I saw the name Ramsbottom on the map, and the name appealed to my Aussie sense of ridiculous, and it looks beautiful though it a little out of town.

    Any information appreciated!
  • adz 27 Mar 2017 06:28:09 34 posts
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    Encouraging!
  • elstoof 27 Mar 2017 06:38:29 23,673 posts
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    Yes to all those things
  • RobTheBuilder 27 Mar 2017 06:40:29 6,976 posts
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    I did that journey the other way round. But I love Manchester. It's the only place in the UK I would ever even think about wanting to live again.
    If you want specific tips pm and I'll see where I can help
  • adz 27 Mar 2017 06:44:23 34 posts
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    Cheers man. Will do.
  • Nitrous 27 Mar 2017 06:46:18 1,808 posts
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    Iagree wrote:
    I would stay in oz if I were you
    +1

    Sorry not helpful. Avoid Eccles and Salford.
    Ramsbottom i have heard of but it is a distance from Manchester.

    What's the location of work?
  • adz 27 Mar 2017 06:52:06 34 posts
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    Right in Manchester. Currently work in Melbourne and travel in 20mins or so on the train to work, so happy for a similar setup in Manchester. Not sure about being right in the middle - looking for a house too, not a flat/appartment. Hence looking a little further out.
  • DUFFMAN5 27 Mar 2017 06:53:56 24,787 posts
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    ...You would be far happier in the South, It is grim up North. ;)
    That said G'day or should that be aright duck!
  • adz 27 Mar 2017 06:56:12 34 posts
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    So I've heard. Though Prestwich seems to get some love?
  • drhcnip 27 Mar 2017 06:56:46 6,334 posts
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    aye, i think the location of work is important as its a sprawling place and you wouldn't want to be navigating all the way round it every day in a commute...ramsbottom is in lancashire and is a lovely place, as are many of the little towns and villages up there, but you wouldn't want to be living there and working in cheadle, for example...i'd hate to have to trot round the m60 every day...

    not a fan of manchester myself, though it has some lovely museums etc, but there are some lovely places to live around it and you're then in driving distance of lancashire, the lake district, yorkshire, the peak district etc - some of the loveliest countryside there is...

    the fibre one's a tricky one to call - a lot of places have fibre but many are still in the planning stage and it's relevant to distance from the exchange rather than location...we're in the suburbs of a largish town and struggling on a 1.5mb line for at least another year...
  • drhcnip 27 Mar 2017 06:59:13 6,334 posts
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    DUFFMAN5 wrote:
    ...You would be far happier in the South, It is grim up North. ;)
    That said G'day or should that be aright duck!
    ignore him....i've done both and i'd rather be up here....or in devon/cornwall...;)
  • adz 27 Mar 2017 07:02:57 34 posts
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    I remember reading this amazing series as a kid - Cornwall featured heavily I think. The Dark is Rising? There's a lot of stuff I'm keen to check out over there now that I'm going to be a local.
  • elstoof 27 Mar 2017 07:04:06 23,673 posts
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    You can check fibre optic coverage online by typing your potential postcode into virgin media's website
  • drhcnip 27 Mar 2017 07:05:18 6,334 posts
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    adz wrote:
    I remember reading this amazing series as a kid - Cornwall featured heavily I think. The Dark is Rising? There's a lot of stuff I'm keen to check out over there now that I'm going to be a local.
    heh...love those books...less said about the film, the better...;)
  • drhcnip 27 Mar 2017 07:05:42 6,334 posts
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    elstoof wrote:
    You can check fibre optic coverage online by typing your potential postcode into virgin media's website
    aye, or openreach...
  • challenge_hanukkah 27 Mar 2017 07:06:08 11,036 posts
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    Edit wrong thread

    Edited by challenge_hanukkah at 07:06:57 27-03-2017
  • TurkeyNeck 27 Mar 2017 07:09:30 162 posts
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    I'm from Manchester. Still there in fact. I can tell you swimming is definitely a thing here believe it or not, though you might wanna give the ship canal a swerve.

    Broadbands fine. I'm with Virgin Media 50mb and its spot on. Cant see you having any problem unless you move to some remote farm.

    You might struggle with the weather if you're moving from Aus but you'll get used
    to it.

    Don't move to Langley and you'll be sorted. Oh and Moss Side. Good day.
  • adz 27 Mar 2017 07:10:59 34 posts
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    @TurkeyNeck Excellent.
  • challenge_hanukkah 27 Mar 2017 07:12:51 11,036 posts
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    South Manchester tends to smell better if you can afford it.
  • adz 27 Mar 2017 07:13:33 34 posts
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    @drhcnip I refused to watch the film after seeing the preview.
  • drhcnip 27 Mar 2017 07:15:37 6,334 posts
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    good man...
  • drhcnip 27 Mar 2017 07:17:00 6,334 posts
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    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/best-place-families-live-greater-12486342
  • Youthist 27 Mar 2017 07:17:18 13,844 posts
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    Ghoul will be fuming that another one is being let in
  • quadfather 27 Mar 2017 07:19:20 34,671 posts
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    I'm in a village just east of Manchester. It's very rural and on the edge of the peak District, with the bonus of the train to central Manchester takes about 25 minutes. House prices are cheap too. If you don't mind not being smack bang in the middle of town and like countryside, it's worth looking around the edge of Manchester
  • adz 27 Mar 2017 07:19:57 34 posts
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    @Youthist Anyone know what he looks like? I'll try to avoid him.
  • adz 27 Mar 2017 07:21:18 34 posts
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    @quadfather Yeah, that's what I'd prefer, but I have to balance my wishes against what's going to work for a couple of little kids starting school.
  • quadfather 27 Mar 2017 07:22:27 34,671 posts
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    @adz

    Well the kids around here seem to fare ok - there's a school 500 yards up the road
  • drhcnip 27 Mar 2017 07:29:08 6,334 posts
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    personally, i think quaddy's got the right idea ....the transport links are fairly good, as far as i know, and there're some very pleasant areas within decent commuting distance...i'd much rather live out a bit and take all the benefits that go with that...
  • PazJohnMitch 27 Mar 2017 07:29:09 14,589 posts
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    You are going to need a new wardrobe.

    There is no sun in Manchester only rain.
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