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to just not understand 'Wanted Down Under'

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AtYourCervix Thu 20-Jan-11 09:24:25

All these people wanting to move 'To improve the quality of life'

but every one has older children refusing to go, partners with 'major concerns' and extended families devastated at the thought of families so far away.

Why? I don't get how this could Improve their lives.

Enlighten me.....

BillBrysonsRucksack Thu 20-Jan-11 09:25:12

It's just a free trip to Oz isn't it?

WimpleOfTheBallet Thu 20-Jan-11 09:26:14

I bet you can't even get on the show unless

you have one of the obstacles you mentioned!

ProfYaffle Thu 20-Jan-11 09:27:36

BillBryson beat me to it smile

AtYourCervix Thu 20-Jan-11 09:29:38

and oh what a surprise - they have 200K to spend and they're disappointed with what they could get for that there..

AtYourCervix Thu 20-Jan-11 09:30:31

and how could 'impressive living space pursuade them to give up their family back home'???????????

blametheparents Thu 20-Jan-11 09:33:18

And then they get them all the way there before valuing their own house in the UK and working out cost of living etc! That could be done in the UK.
And the biggest surprise to them, people work hard in Australia too to achieve what they want! Blimey, they act as if they will be able to do a 20 hours week and live in a beach side mansion.
Wake up to the real world!

LittleMissHissyFit Thu 20-Jan-11 09:33:25

There was one last week where she was in tears at the merest thought going, didn't want to go, and he was trying to convince her.

HE'D always dreamt of going, she hadn't. He was talking about going anyway and splitting up! shock

I'd have helped him pack his bags.

BillBrysonsRucksack Thu 20-Jan-11 09:34:20

I wonder why people expect to be able to sell their 2 up 2 down in the West Midlands and buy a mansion?

BillBrysonsRucksack Thu 20-Jan-11 09:35:04

Agree with Hissy!

PutOnThePan Thu 20-Jan-11 09:35:41

LittleMissHissyFit I was going to post about that bloke - was he the PE teacher?

I thought he was a bully and a bit of an EA'er...

LittleMissHissyFit Thu 20-Jan-11 09:36:24

I was practically in tears for her, shouting at the telly and everything!

blametheparents Thu 20-Jan-11 09:36:36

'I wonder why people expect to be able to sell their 2 up 2 down in the West Midlands and buy a mansion?'
My thoughts exactly!

hoovercraft Thu 20-Jan-11 09:36:38

When is this show on? Ived been looking for it

BillBrysonsRucksack Thu 20-Jan-11 09:36:51

Crikey she's a bit bloody miserable about her work prospects isn't she?

LittleMissHissyFit Thu 20-Jan-11 09:37:04

Irish pair, she was a nurse I think.... He was a recruitment manager...

BillBrysonsRucksack Thu 20-Jan-11 09:37:07

hoover it's on now, BBC1

blametheparents Thu 20-Jan-11 09:37:18

BBC1 9.15am

LittleMissHissyFit Thu 20-Jan-11 09:37:40

now hoover - BBC1 - we're awfully topical here

FiveFeetTwo Thu 20-Jan-11 09:38:14

And so often they are people who live on the same street as their elderly parents or a sister or some other family member who they and their childrren see every day. Why on earth would these people think that moving to the other side of the world would be anything other than incredibly hard and very lonely?

Mad fools...

BillBrysonsRucksack Thu 20-Jan-11 09:40:07

I think it must feel quite insulting to the family they leave behind as well (if they do move). Imagine, Oh, I love you so much Mum, that I'm moving to the other side of the world!

<prepares to get flamed>

minipen Thu 20-Jan-11 09:40:21

what about when family back home start saying "You can't leave us!" etc

Aussieng Thu 20-Jan-11 09:41:01

Oh the programme annoys the hell out of me but agree with Wimple - I expect the makers consider that it would not be good television if there was not some dramatic tension.

It depresses me sometimes - the grandparents and extended family videos trampling on their (adult) children's dreams and thinking of "me me me" (again is this just for the programme) and the number of couples who do not support what are clearly long held dreams etc (be that staying in UK or going to another country to live and raise your family) - do these people not talk of such things before they get married and have children????? As a Brit married to an Aussie we had no choice but to discuss it but really given that some of the people on the show have wanted to live in Australia since they were children, you think they might have discussed that with their "never left the village they grew up in" partners at some point previously hmm

One question which arises (for me ) when I watch it is at what age would you allow your children to have a full vote about such things (ie which country to live in)? DH and I will be moving to Australia at some point in the next 5-7 years (hopefully the lower end of the scale). Our "oldest" DC(we only have one at the moment) will be 6-8 and we were discussing the fact that he will not really have any say in the matter and we could not decide if there would come a point (up to 16) where a child would be given a full "vote" (obviously their opinion counts) or whether you just take the view that you are doing what is best for them and they are too young to see the broader picture. Not an issue for us as DC wil be too young but something we were discussing...

AtYourCervix Thu 20-Jan-11 09:42:29

plans in confusion because there is nio equivelant job. would they not have researchd that first?

FiveFeetTwo Thu 20-Jan-11 09:42:55

And the soon to be left mother sobs into the camera saying "it's ok, you go, <sob> me and your dad will be, <sob>, fine. Although we'll, <sob> never see the granchildren again <sob>"

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